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What You Need To Know About Pests In Monmouth County, NJ

Many pests live throughout Monmouth County and northern Ocean counties that like to make themselves at home near or with people. Whether you are trying to protect your property against insects, rodents, or other pests, the best defense is a good offense. It's important to learn some basic information about our area’s most common pests, so you know what you’re dealing with. 

Our pest overview will help you maintain a property free of nuisance, dangerous, and destructive pests!

Bed Bugs

bedbug on box spring

Bed bugs are among the most troublesome pests to find their way into our New Jersey homes; their small size makes them easy to overlook, and their prolific breeding habits mean that they can multiply and take over our homes in a short period of time. Having a basic understanding of what bed bugs look like is helpful to avoid contact with them, and if you ever notice them in your home, get help as soon as possible to eliminate them. 

Bed bugs are small oval-shaped insects that tend to resemble apple seeds with legs. These insects are reddish-brown, and although they are not social, they tend to live together in large groups. In addition to actually seeing bed bugs, the following signs should also alert you to a bed bug infestation: dark streaks or drops of blood on mattresses and bedding, a musty odor developing in your home, or piles of shed insect skins under mattresses or on the floor. 

Bed bugs can squeeze their flat bodies into a space the width of a toothpick; this ability allows them to stay well out of our sight and move onto our clothing or into our belongings without much notice- hiding in folds, cracks, and crevices. Wherever there are people, there is the potential for bed bug activity because these pests solely feed on blood, and people’s blood is their favorite source of nutrition. Homes, apartment buildings, schools, dormitories, hospitals, shopping centers, hotels, airports, and movie theaters are common places to come into contact with bed bugs. 

When bed bugs are introduced into a home, they will hide in various places, not just in bedrooms and mattresses. Electrical outlets, upholstered furniture, wooden furniture, wall hangings, and wall voids are other favorite hiding spots for these unwelcome pests.

Keep bed bugs out of your New Jersey home with these tips:

  • Use bed bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs to take away a bed bug’s favorite hiding spots.

  • Seal cracks in walls, place covers in outlets, and regularly inspect under rugs and upholstered furniture for bed bugs. 

  • Frequently vacuum your home to pick up stray bed bugs that may have found a way inside.

  • Before bringing secondhand furniture, rugs, or mattresses into your home, check items over for bed bugs.

  • When traveling, always inspect your lodgings for signs of bed bugs before bringing your luggage and other belongings inside.

Learn how the professionals at Pride Pest Service can eliminate bed bugs from your Monmouth County home.

Cave Crickets

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Crickets are insects known for their long powerful hind legs and ability to jump great distances quickly. The cave cricket lives throughout New Jersey and commonly make themselves at home in our yards and, unfortunately, our homes. Cave crickets are relatively easy to identify with their round bodies and humped backs. They are typically light brown to dark brown, and some will be mottled or have dark banding. Most people think that all crickets can chirp, but that is not true and not the case for cave crickets. The cave cricket’s inability to chirp means that these pests can be in your home for some time before their presence is discovered. 

Cave crickets live outside in dark moisture-rich areas, which is where they get their name. In our yards, the damp soil under mulch, rocks, landscaping ties, and wood piles make perfect habitats for these pests. When living outside near our home’s perimeter, it is easy for these pests to move inside our homes and garages, usually to escape hot, dry weather.

Basements, laundry rooms, crawl spaces, closets, and cabinets under sinks meet a cricket’s moisture needs and provide suitable hiding spots for these pests. The good news is that having these pests in our homes poses no health threats, but they may damage clothing, upholstered furniture, and other fabrics. If cave crickets live in or near your home, it could mean a moisture problem is present that needs to be addressed. Additionally, if crickets are in your home, other potentially more dangerous pests could also find their way inside. 

Some helpful tips to keep cave crickets away from your New Jersey home:

  • Store fabric items in plastic containers with locking lids to prevent cave crickets from nibbling on them. 

  • Keep clutter in storage areas to a minimum. 

  • Remove fallen trees, wood piles, and brush piles from your yard.

  • Store trash cans and recycling bins up off the ground. 

  • Never place wood piles or construction materials right next to the exterior of your home. 

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are working to direct rainwater away from the outside of your home.

  • Seal spaces in the foundation of your home.

  • Install door sweeps and place covers over vents and drains. 

  • Use dehumidifiers in your home to reduce humidity levels.

At Pride Pest Service, we have more than 18 years in the pest control industry and are dedicated to providing our customers with exceptional pest control services that meet their individual needs. To learn more about our exceptional home pest control or commercial pest control in Monmouth County, NJ, give us a call today and speak with one of our helpful professionals!

Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are flying insects that swarm our New Jersey backyards every summer, making it impossible to enjoy being outside with family and friends. Mosquitoes don’t just swarm around us; they bite us as well, turning them from “just” an annoying pest into a dangerous pest. Female mosquitoes require blood meals to create viable eggs, feeding on various human and animal hosts and, in the process, acquiring and transmitting a variety of diseases, including the West Nile virus and encephalitis. 

Standing water is what is most likely to attract mosquitoes to a property. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of areas of standing water that develop in both natural and man-made areas. The more areas of standing water you have on or near your property, the more mosquito activity you will see. While these insects can travel some distance, they tend to stay in the area where they hatched. Common mosquito breeding sites include low-lying areas, tree hollows, tree stumps, buckets, wading pools, trashcans, the tops of tarps, and densely wooded areas. While breeding sites are a big attractant for mosquitoes, other things will draw these pests to your property. Lots of flowering vegetation attract mosquitoes because both males and females feed on plant nectar as their primary food source. Tall grass, trees, shrubbery, and wood piles provide them with a resting spot from the day’s heat.

Help keep mosquitoes away from your property with the follow prevention tips:

  • Make sure the water in outdoor pet bowls, wading pools, and birdbaths is changed out regularly.

  • Do not overwater gardens.

  • Store your kids' toys and containers that aren’t being used inside. 

  • Cut back shrubs and bushes from your home’s exterior that will allow excess moisture to build up near your home.

  • Don’t overwater flower beds and gardens.

  • Repair low spots in your driveway or lawn.

Spiders

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Many species of spiders live across the globe, their feeding habits helping to control the number of nuisance and dangerous pests. Most of the world’s spiders live outside, well away from people, but there are many species that have come to live with or near people taking advantage of things our properties provide them. House spiders and aggressive house spiders (hobo spiders) are the most common species that homeowners in New Jersey deal with. When spiders are in our yards in limited numbers, they don’t tend to cause us any problems, but when their populations explode, or they move into our homes and outbuildings, they turn into problematic unwanted pests.

Spiders are predators and feed on various insects and other spiders. This means that if spiders are living on your property in large numbers, there are more than likely large populations of insects living on your property. House spiders are a type of spider that has adapted to living primarily indoors; if house spiders are thriving in your home, it is most likely because there are openings in your home that allow insects to move indoors while searching for food, water, and shelter. Inside, you are likely to find house spiders and their webs up off of the ground. The corners of rooms, windows, and doors are places you will find these pests. Other typical hangouts for house spiders include around lights, the tops of cabinets, and under sinks. If you begin seeing large numbers of spiders in or around your home, contacting a professional for help is important. You not only need to eliminate the spiders from your property but the insects that are attracting them!

Some helpful tips to make your New Jersey home less attractive to spiders:

  • Maintain your yard to prevent overgrown vegetation from attracting large numbers of insects and spiders.

  • Seal points of entry into your home. Install weather stripping, seal spaces in the foundation, and place screens in open windows and doors. 

  • Remove sources of water by repairing leaking pipes and fixtures. 

  • Regularly vacuum and dust your home to remove spiders and their webs. 

  • Eliminate clutter inside your home that could be hiding unwanted spiders.

Stinging Insects

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As their name tells us, stinging insects have stingers extending off the hind end; this stinger makes them unwanted pests to have nesting or foraging for food in our yards. While not all stinging insects are aggressive, many are, and all will use their stinger as a means of defense when necessary. Being stung by a stinging insect is not only painful but, for those allergic to their venom, a potentially life-threatening experience. Some of the most common stinging insects to take up residence in our yards are bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets.

The truth is that stinging insects can become an issue on any property that provides them with the things they are looking for: food, water, and shelter. However, properties near wooded areas, fields, meadows, and areas of water are more susceptible to problems with stinging insects. Preferred nesting spots provide plenty of shelter and protection from predators. Trees, shrubs, a home’s exterior, decks, play structures, and ground holes are some of their most common nesting sites in our New Jersey yards. 

Stinging insects are also most problematic on properties offering them multiple sources of food. Flowering vegetation, gardens, trashcans, and outdoor eating areas can all provide worker stinging insects with the food they are looking to gather and bring back to the colony members back at the nest.

To keep stinging insects off your New Jersey property, use the following prevention tips:

  • Trashcans, recycling bins, and compost containers should always have tight-fitting lids on them.

  • When eating outside, keep covers on food not currently being eaten. Take back inside any leftover food immediately after eating. 

  • Keep covers on sugary drinks.

  • Maintain your lawn, trees, and landscaping; keep vegetation and plants on your property from overgrowing.

  • Cut tree branches back from your home’s exterior. 

  • Fill in low-lying areas and leaking pipes that allow standing water to build up on your property that stinging insects will use as a water source.

Termites

termite in mound

Termites are a pest, but only when living in our yard and homes; when living out in nature, they are an intricate part of the eco-system, helping to rid it of decaying wood and other organic materials. Termites are one of the few organisms able to use cellulose as a food source. In our area, subterranean termites are the most common species to invade our New Jersey properties. These termites have high moisture needs, require contact with wood or the soil, and live and work together in very large groups. These termites nest under the ground, with worker termites leaving the nest each day to gather food to feed all the colony members back at the nest. 

When termites wind up in our yards and homes, the damage they cause puts these insects into the category of “dangerous” pests. Termites are cable of chewing through more than just decaying tree stumps; their strong jaws allow them to move through and feed on building materials, causing costly damage to floors, walls, doors, windows, and more. Termites work day and night, year-round to feed their colony. They move in and out of structures through the ground or pieces of wood making contact with the soil- entering and exiting without homeowners noticing for months or years at a time. Their ability to work silently allows them to accrue costly damage before we finally notice their presence. Another reason a termite infestation is so costly is that most homeowners insurance companies don’t cover their damage. 

Listed below are some helpful tips to make your New Jersey property less attractive to termites.

  • Repair roof damage, keep gutters free of debris, and place weather-stripping around windows and doors to prevent rainwater from seeping into and damaging your home.

  • Repair leaking pipes.

  • Seal spaces in your home’s foundation.

  • Fill in low-lying areas around your home’s foundation that can allow rainwater to pool. 

  • Don’t allow wooden deck posts, porch steps, shingles, or wood trim to make direct contact with the damp ground. 

  • Use dehumidifiers to keep crawlspaces and basements dry.

  • If water ever damaged wood in your home- immediately remove it and replace it with sound wood.

Learn how the professionals at Pride Pest Service can eliminate termites from your Monmouth County home or business.

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