Q&A with Branch Manager Paul FilardoHow does the weather in your region impact pest activity? The more rain, heat, and humidity, the more pest activity residents should expect. Our proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means we see plenty of rodents and bugs. Warm temperatures are also associated with ants and flying insects like wasps. During winter, some of these pests move indoors and search for food in kitchens or dining rooms. What are some of the most common pests encountered in homes in your area? We see lots of rats and mice. Both odorous and carpenter ants cause problems for homeowners. We get a lot of calls about termites, and mosquitoes are always an issue when it's warm. The area also has its fair share of German cockroaches, cave crickets, and ticks. What is the most unusual pest encountered in your area? Surprisingly, it's not too often that we encounter skunks. For this reason, the pests can frighten residents when seen. Skunks like to hide under porches or within thickets and brush piles. People should avoid confrontations with skunks, as they can spray foul-smelling liquid and spread rabies. Any tips for homeowners in your region? Above all else, remember that moisture control helps reduce pest activity. Take all possible measures to avoid water accumulation in basements. Remember that rodents and insects thrive in damp, dark conditions. Be sure to free up areas of clutter in basements and sheds. Organize your belongings on shelves, hangers, or in boxes. To prevent your lawn from becoming a favorable place for ticks, remove any thick brush and cut the grass about once a week.
Toms River Area Pest Pressure
Humid weather and plenty of people create the ideal conditions for pests in Toms River, NJ. Homeowners in Ocean County often run into cockroaches, ticks, and termites that take advantage of resources in homes and lawns.
A draw to tourists in the summer months, Toms River deals with the cast-off food and waste created by crowds. Many cockroach species flourish under these conditions and move from public places into homes. Since they frequent sewers and dumpsters, the pests often carry bacteria on their bodies. When cockroaches forage through kitchens, they contaminate food.
New Jersey is among the states with the most reported cases of tick-borne illnesses. Black-legged ticks in Ocean County can spread Lyme disease and other infections through their bites. Though most active in summer, ticks can bite year-round, so residents should stay vigilant.
High humidity in Toms River makes controlling moisture tough for homeowners. Eastern subterranean termites, the most common species in New Jersey, feed on water-damaged wood. A termite colony can do thousands of dollars’ worth of damage before residents know the pests are present.
Other Ocean County Pests
Mosquitoes and bed bugs are blood-drinking pests that prefer warm weather and populated areas. This makes Toms River a prime habitat for the pests. Mosquito eggs need water to develop, so yards with drainage problems allow the pests to multiply. Indoor infestations can include bed bugs, that create issues by biting people at night.
Lakewood Area Pest Pressure
Crowded and temperate, Lakewood Township, NJ, features a population density and climate that combine to produce favorable conditions for a variety of pests. The houses and apartment buildings that accommodate the township’s 92,000 residents also provide food sources and nesting sites for invading insects and rodents. Similarly, the region’s temperate climate facilitates breeding during the warmer seasons while driving many types of pests to seek shelter indoors as winter arrives. Pests that commonly invade buildings in Lakewood include centipedes, silverfish, house flies, cockroaches, spiders, mice, rats, and ants.
The lawns and gardens of residents, as well as the township’s parks and playgrounds, also support an array of pest activity that can become problematic in certain situations. Stinging insects like bees, wasps, and hornets, for instance, cause problems when they build their nests in outdoor spaces near schools or other areas with abundant foot traffic. Other common pests in Lakewood Township, such as beetle grubs, moles, and sod web worms, create issues by damaging lawns and yards. Aphids, bag worms, Japanese beetles, and thrips are also found in the local area and feed on vegetation such as ornamental plants. Contact Western Pest for rodent and 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.