Cape May Pest Pressure
Cape May, NJ, serves a diverse role as small, oceanside town and ideal vacation spot. Boasting a population of around 3,000 year-round residents, the sandy beaches, music festivals, birdwatching activities, and other attractions bring in tens of thousands of additional tourists and pests each year. Hot summer months bring an influx of mosquito activity, as well as the possibility of species like dampwood termites invading homes and possibly causing damage to the over 600 buildings in the town’s historic district. The New Jersey Department of Health works together with Cape May to reduce mosquito populations and the spread of various harmful diseases the insects may transmit.
Cold winters may also help drive pest populations indoors, as rodents, cockroaches, and other vermin may seek out additional shelter and food sources. As mice, rats, and cockroaches may contribute to the spread of disease and to structural damage, Cape May residents should take the proper steps to eliminate such incursions. Additionally, travelers may unknowingly become hosts for bed bugs. The tiny parasitic insects cling to clothing, luggage, and hotel bedding and may cause itchy welts and rashes on the skin if left unchecked. Contact Western Pest for rodent and pest control services near you.
Odorous House Ants in Cape May
At the Jersey Shore and throughout Western’s service area, odorous house ants cause big headaches. In fact, our Cape May, Egg Harbor, and Toms River branch manager, Phil Ziolkowski, says that ants are the number-one shore-area pest problem, “hands down.” (His team jokes that Cape May City is one giant ant mound.)
With colony size sometimes reaching into the hundreds of thousands, an ant or two in the kitchen can quickly become a torrent. Small in stature, these ants will travel for food, which may lead them right through your door once the weather heats up.
“I’ve seen odorous house ants travel well over 100-150 feet from a colony site to a home,” Ziolkowski says. “If they find what they want, they will establish a nest.”
Typically, odorous house ants nest in voids, which could be indoors or out. Here’s where expertise comes in. If the nest is outside, but you innocently use DIY baits inside, you could lead them right into the house. Ziolkowski notes that the biggest mistake homeowners make is waiting too long to call a professional, which allows the problem to grow.
About Western Pest
Western Pest is a longstanding pest control company serving the Eastern United States. We offer residential and commercial pest control services near you, including termite protection, bed bug control, and rodent removal. Our comprehensive service offerings also include our Home Protection Plan, a year-round program designed to keep pests out for the duration. If a pest infestation occurs in your home or business, trust Western Pest to take care of the problem safely and effectively.
“Found a large wasp nest next to my driveway close to where my kids play, called Western in the morning and they had someone there that same day in the afternoon. The technician removed the nest and took care of all of the wasps in less then 30 minutes. Great service!”
-Andrew, Cape May County, NJ
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-Bill F., Cape May, NJ
“Great products and always available when you need service. Our representative was very professional and polite. The tech arrives on time and is prepared to begin his inspection as soon as he places his shoe covers on. Very pleased with the service contract we have. Thank you!”
-Lynn, Upper Township, NJ
“We have been using Western Pest Services for many years and have never had reason to complain! They are prompt, stick to the schedule, act professionally, and are thorough. Our technicians have found problems about which we were not even aware!”
-Diana, May County, NJ
“Our technician is always polite and friendly when he comes to our office. He explains in detail what he is doing and doesn’t laugh at any silly questions from our staff, especially about little rodents which most of us do not like. He is always very professional.”
-O.S., Wildwood, NJ