Q&A with Branch ManagerDo you expect to see a lot of termite activity? With all of the moisture in the ground from this winter's snow, we expect a good bit of swarming activity this spring as the ground dries out and termites move toward the surface. We had several calls as early as February, which is not at all typical. How can homeowners gear up for termite season? Right now, it's time for inspection. A homeowner typically isn't out there looking for termite damage. Many have bought a home previously treated or tend to think everything is fine – until they find damage, the appearance of swarmers or mud tubes. Good places to look include the garage along the wall, the foundation, and walls within a crawl space. What are the most common pest issues that homeowners face in your area? Termites, carpenter bees, bees, ticks, ants, carpenter ants, mosquitoes, mice, rats, and squirrels. How do the seasons affect pest activity in your area? Beginning in late March and early April, termites begin to swarm in order to form new colonies. Spring is also the season for ticks and ants that begin to forage aggressively. In late April and early May, we see mosquitoes along the Jersey Shore. Rats and mice remain year-round issues. Squirrels are huge pests year-round and can cause serious damage in a home. What are some common signs of pest activity around the home? A termite swarm will leave an impression on someone who has or has had one that will never be forgotten. Thousands of winged swarmers emerge.For rodents, signs include gnaw marks around garage doors or gable vents, droppings in garages, basements, and attics, along with visual signs of the pest itself. Ticks can be found on pets and people. Mosquitoes are a nuisance to folks that like to spend time in their yards. Any pest prevention tips for residents in your area? Keep yards well maintained and minimize vegetative growth up against buildings. Look for signs of pooling water and eliminate them in gutters, wheel barrows, bird baths, pool covers, and tire swings. When should homeowners call Western? Call us anytime. It is always better to be proactive than wait for a pest issue to arise. Western will always provide a free inspection and provide recommendations to foster a pest-free home.
When it comes to pest trends, Western Technicians see it all from the ground up – and when it comes to this year’s termites and other pests, they’re seeing it earlier than ever before.
Middletown Area Pest Pressure
Middletown, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, deal with a fair amount of nuisance insects. Coastal Monmouth County offers humid conditions that appeal to many pests, including termites, cockroaches, and ticks. Since all three species thrive around people, residents may find infestations in their homes or yards.
Subterranean termite activity in houses can cause structural damage over time. These pests eat damp wood, so heavy rainfall combined with poor drainage in Middletown or Shrewsbury homes can lead to issues with the insects. Anywhere wood touches the soil provides an entry point for termites.
Densely populated New Jersey boroughs attract cockroaches. When the insects come indoors, they hide in warm, dark places. Homeowners often find them in cabinets and bathrooms or under appliances. A cockroach may transmit illnesses like food poisoning and trigger allergies.
Though small in size, ticks have a big impact on human health in Monmouth County. The pests latch onto people or animals passing through tall grasses. They feed on blood and may enter houses while attached to their hosts. Tick bites in New Jersey can spread Lyme disease, so residents should check for ticks after spending time outdoors.
More Pests in Middletown and Shrewsbury
Mosquitoes and rodents are also a concern in Monmouth County, as they prefer populated areas. A mosquito feeds on blood, so standing water in a backyard makes the perfect breeding ground. Rats and mice benefit from living near people, as well. These rodents often follow the promise of food and shelter indoors, squeezing through holes under an inch wide to get inside.
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.
Top 3 Pests in Your Region Right Now:
- Stink Bugs: We’ve been getting calls like crazy for stink bugs, although now is really time for exclusionary work – vacuuming up the bugs that overwintered in the wall and eliminating them as they re-emerge. The best time to treat for stink bugs is really in later summer and the early fall months.
- Ants: In our region of the Jersey Shore, many structures are built on slabs, and we see a lot of pavement ants. We actually see this quite often in hospitals, or even schools. All it takes is one dropped potato chip or jelly bean and soon enough you have ants. Also, as buildings settle, cracks in the slab can provide an ant entry point, along with spacing around the pipe chase in bathrooms. We focus on low-impact treatment – identifying and blocking entry points.
- Rodents: As the snow and ice have melted from the winter season, a lot of Western’s outdoor rodent control equipment was destroyed. Also, Western technicians have had difficulty accessing areas piled up with snow. Many times, we’ll see door sweeps missing, which help give rodents a way in.
Interesting bug facts:
Many times, people try to eliminate infestations of roaches and bed bugs themselves with a fogger. However, this almost never eliminates the problem, especially in multi-unit complexes. The fogger will repel the roach or bed bug, which can sense it, so they go deeper into the wall or move on to the next apartment. Proper preparation for service and the right treatment are the only real solutions. Unlike a fogger, our treatments for cockroaches include growth regulators and gel bait that attracts them for a lethal dose of bait and exposure to the growth regulator product which reduces or prevents reproduction.