Q&A with Branch Manager Steve SwansonWhat are some of the trends you're seeing in residential pest control? With all of the news coverage about West Nile, we’re already getting calls about spring mosquito treatment. Some people will attempt DIY treatment, but mosquito control requires an understanding of the complete mosquito life cycle. Anywhere you have stagnant water on your property – spare tires, kids toys, flower pots – these can be areas where mosquitoes will lay their eggs. Are termites a big problem in your area? Termites receive a lot of attention in the spring, because of swarming when the weather gets warm. As a result, many homeowners only want a single inspection. However, termites are active all year sending out exploratory tubes and seeking cellulose on which to feed. The good news is that we now have access to materials that are extremely effective against termites. How does the weather in your region impact pest activity? Weather has a great impact on pest activity. When the weather get cooler, rodents tend to move closer to areas with shelter, i.e. our homes, garages and sheds. In warmer weather, bees and wasps forage for pollen on flowers for their nests; carpenter ants excavate new homes in fallen trees and sometimes in wooden members of our homes. Termites, of course emerge in this area at the end of March or the beginning of April by the swarm! What are some of the most common pests encountered in homes in your area? Termites, carpenter and pavement ants, rats, mice and roaches. Bed bugs are the “newest” common pest in our area over the last few years. What is the most unusual pest encountered in your area? I can’t say there are any “unusual” pests of late. Sink bugs were the “unusual” pest for a few years, but no longer. Cicada killers aren’t unusual, but customers find them quite scary due to their size! Any tips for homeowners in your region? Keep grass trimmed to keep tick activity down and have seasonal exterior treatment to reduce a variety of insects around the home. Have regular mosquito treatments to allow customers to enjoy their yards again! Cut back overhanging branches by 10 feet from the roof to reduce squirrel activity on the roofs, gutters, and possibly in the attics of homes.
Mountainside & Springfield Area Pest Pressure
The humid climate, dense population, and large woodland areas of rural Mountainside, NJ, create a perfect environment for harmful pests and nuisances such as bed bugs, mosquitoes, stink bugs, beetles,ticks, and moths. Located on the outskirts of the New York Metropolitan Area, the boroughs of Mountainside, Springfield, and Summit have relatively high populations which can enable the spread of bed bugs. The large amount of homes and man made structures, along with warm, rainy spring and summer months are conducive to the breeding patterns of disease-carrying Asian tiger mosquitoes, which lay eggs in uncovered containers like flower pots and garbage cans.
As winter approaches, average temperatures drop below freezing and drive many pests, such as brown marmorated stink bugs, to aggregate in warm homes and apartments. In addition to household nuisances, rural pests thrive in nearby forested areas. Asian longhorned beetles burrow through the bark and wood of common New Jersey trees like maples and poplars, leaving holes and sawdust-like remnants behind. Other prominent species found near Mountainside include blacklegged ticks (also called the deer tick), which may transmit Lyme disease, and gypsy moths, which feed on trees and shrubs in their larval stages, leaving plants weak and susceptible to disease and other pests. Contact Western Pest for pest control services near you.
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.
The Rise of Ticks
Storms over the last six months have caused numerous headaches for homeowners, and in some cases, have increased pest pressures. Pest issues can cause homeowners health risks as well. One of the most surprising pests to be expected this year: deer ticks.
Western’s Branch Manager Mountainside, NJ, explains the reasoning behind this prediction, stating, “When you have increased deer activity, you have an increase in tick activity as well. Due to the storm, many deer were displaced and, unfortunately, they can bring ticks with them.”
Fight Tick Risk
Luckily, there are simply property management tips to ensure a reduced population of ticks throughout your home’s outdoor area.
- Cut grass around your yard’s perimeter that is above the ankle
- Remove yard debris
- Inspect sheds, boats and other items throughout your yard
- Clean up spilled birdseed and unfenced garden vegetables
These property tips paired with examination of your families clothing and bodies following an outdoor excursion will greatly decrease your risk of becoming a host for a tick. Western’s Tick Management program helps to eliminate a problem in it begins to grow out of your own control. Do not hesitate to call.
Cave Crickets Impacting Mountainside, NJ
We recently caught up with Western’s Mountainside, NJ Branch Manager, to discover what pests he’s seen an increase in recently and one specifically stood out: cave crickets. “I’ve seen an increase in cricket infestations. They’re a damp-dwelling insect, and they’re big crickets that are hard to miss,” he reveals.
Due to their penchant for moist, darker areas, you’re most likely to discover them in crawlspaces and basements. Their long limbs and long antenna help them to navigate their way through darker areas, so it’s also important to keep an eye out for them in corners and nooks of the home.
A good way to ensure these pests remain outdoors rather than infesting your home is by removing ideal breeding conditions from the exterior of your home. This includes damp firewood and leaves, excess vegetation and dead fall. Try to address areas of poor drainage near the home and assess your irrigation setters – are they proper for the time of year and rainfall? Are they angled correctly? Proper gutter cleaning is also an effective means of cave cricket prevention.