Fall Squirrel Control Tips for New Jersey Homeowners

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As the cool days and colder nights of fall transition to winter, Squirrels begin to search for food and shelter.  If you are looking for strategies to remove or prevent squirrels from gaining entry into your New Jersey home, read the article below for some great tips.

First, remove food sources: things like bird see for example, should be moved away from the home. Second, consider protecting your gutters and cover down spouts – Products like “Gutter guards” will not only reduce the amount of leaf debris, but may also reduce the squirrels ability to enter through the roof top and facia boards.  Call on the Professionals here at RM Termite if you have a pesky squirrel problem – our team of experts will evaluate your home and find the path and entry places and remove the unwanted squirrel from your attic or home.

Focusing on a preventive effort to reduce squirrels from entering your home in the first place is one of the best things you can do. We recommend sealing up and repairing all entry points after removing the squirrels so they no longer have access.  We also recommend taking the following steps to prevent squirrels from entering your crawl space or basement:

  1. Trim tree branches that may overhang the roof line.
  2. Remove firewood stacked against the building.
  3. If there are cracks in your foundation wall, repair them.
  4. Finally – Seal all entry points

 

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Tips for Rodent Proofing Your New Jersey Home

Next week is Rodent Awareness Week so we wanted to share a few strategies for Rodent Proofing your home.

 

  1. Check both the inside and outside of the home for cracks or crevices, and seal any openings with caulk, steel wool, or both. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
  2. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  3. Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  4. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground. Keep shrubbery and tree branches cut back from the house.
  5. Keep basements and attics clear and store boxes off of the floor. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  6. Keep food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.

 

Take Rodent Infestations Seriously

Rodents are known to carry illnesses and bacteria, and a buildup of their droppings can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms. They have been known to chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires in your home.

If you have seen mice and rodents indoors, call RM Termite and Pest Control today for a FREE Rodent Exclusion Inspection.  Our expert technicians will solve your rodent problem and take corrective actions to help stop them from getting inside.

 

 

New Jersey Bed Bug Pictures, Bites, Information

IMPORTANT: Know when to hire a professional bed bug exterminator

Bed bugs reproduce rapidly and can infest a home or business very quickly. Calling an experienced pest professional at the first sign of a bed bug infestation can make all the difference. If you have been exposed to bed bugs, have unexplained bites or welts on your body or believe you are seeing bed bugs or are finding evidence of bed bugs contact us today! Do-it-yourself remedies for bed bugs can be dangerous. It is highly recommended that you leave treatment for bed bugs to a pest professional.


Pictures of Bed Bugs  – What they look like 

Having said that, we’d like to share a few things for what to look for if you suspect you might have a bed bug problem.  The diagram below illustrates what Bed Bugs look like at various stages of their lifecycle:

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As you can see above adult bed bugs have a  rusty brown coloring (unless they’ve had a blood meal, which would make them reddish). They have six legs and are usually just under one-fourth inch long with a flat, broad oval shape.

Where you’ll find them
You will find bed bugs in locations behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, mattresses and in furniture crevices. It is important to note that bed bugs are not related to cleanliness.

Signs of an Infestation
The first sign of a bed bug infestation is often the appearance of small brownish or reddish dots on bed linens. These are fecal spots or dropping from the bugs. Anyone who has been bitten by a bed bug will likely notice swelling around the bite, sometimes in the form of red, itchy welts. You can see a picture  of bed bug bites here.

We are fully licensed and insured. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of customer service and in our forty years of experience have a thorough understanding of the pests of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We offer free pest inspections and estimates and will work closely with you until your pest problems are resolved.

Our pest professionals follow strict Integrated Pest Management (IPM) standards meaning we:

  1. Thoroughly inspect for the pest at hand.
  2. Properly identify a pest before treating.
  3. Use a targeted treatment to control the pest problem.

If you suspect you have a bed bug problem – call or click here to schedule a FREE Estimate.

New Jersey Mouse Exterminator – Reveals 5 Things You Need to Know about Rodents

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Here in New Jersey, house mice may be one of the most common mammals – so it’s no surprise many homeowners are dealing with infestations at one time or another. During the fall Mice and Rodents begin to move indoors as the weather cools and they begin to search for food.

Here are 5 facts you need to know about mice:

1) Mice can eat – A LOT – they have big appetites. Mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day. Due to their frequent eating habits, they prefer to build their homes near food sources.

2) Mice are natural leapers…Not only can mice jump (some up to a foot in the air), but they are also excellent climbers and swimmers.

3) Mice have short lifespans. In the wild, mice usually only live for about five months, mostly because of predators such as cats, snakes and foxes.

4) Mice spread more germs than you know.  Mice can spread diseases like Hantavirus and Salmonella, but are also known to carry as many as 200 human pathogens!

5) One mouse can turn into many mice…very fast! A female house mouse can give birth when they are only two months old, and they are able to have to up to a dozen babies every three weeks.  If you spot a mouse in your home, it is safe to assume there are more or there will be soon.

It’s best to contact professionals like RM Termite and Pest Control before the infestation grows out of control.

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New Jersey Termite Exterminator – What to look for to discover the Silent Invaders

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Taking care of a termite problem promptly is important. An individual termite may be small, but with an average subterranean termite colony having 200,000 members, the damage they generate can be tremendous.

Termites are referred to as “silent invaders” and can be present in your home without you ever knowing it. They often don’t reveal themselves until a real estate transaction occurs and a termite inspection is required. If a homeowner has termites and experiences a termite swarm he should consider himself lucky to have discovered their presence.

Here are a few ways to see if you have termites around your home

  1. Evidence of a termite swarm will typically happen in the spring when a homeowner will notice either swarms of insects inside of his home.
  2. It is also possible to discover a pile of termites shed wings on the ground, usually on a lower level of a home. 
  3. In New Jersey, subterranean termites termites live underneath the concrete foundation of your building and build tubes of mud through the concrete and into the structure’s wood. You may notice mud tubes as wide as a pencil in the exposed wood of your building, especially in lower levels such as a basement or in damp areas around windows.
  4. You may actually see the whitish colored termites within the mud tunnels if you chip away some of the mud from the tunnel. During the spring and again in the fall, you may notice flying termites around your property or inside of your structure (referred to as a swarm).

Removing termite colonies requires an experienced pest professional. Termites are not a do-it-yourself pest. Call RM Termite and Pest Control today or click here to request a FREE Termite Estimate

Pest Control For NJ Property Managers & Associations

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Did you know RM Termite and Pest Control specializes in customized and all-inclusive contracts for Community Associations? For a company that knows how to work well with a Community Association you don’t need to look any further than RM!

Property Managers and Community Associations benefit in several ways:

  1. Our hand held computers provide property managers with accurate, detailed information to easily understand and track results.
  2. Our technicians and office staff have constant communication with our customers to update them on pest issues and services.
  3. From our experience of working with community associations, we understand the importance of quick response time.
  4. Our priority is to make sure that your pest issue gets resolved in a fast, safe and effective manner.
  5. We provide community-wide services such as; lawn treatments for flea and tick control, lake and mosquito control, wildlife management and wood destroying insect inspections.
  6. We are fully licensed and insured.
  7. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of customer service in the industry and in our forty years of experience have a thorough understanding of the pests of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  8. We offer free pest inspections and estimates and will work closely with you until your pest problems are resolved.

Contact us  today for a FREE Estimate for your Community

New Jersey Stinging Insects

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New Jersey stinging insects like wasps, bees and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. These pests become active now through the second half of summer and early fall when the colonies look for food that will sustain their queens during the winter.

Typically, stinging insects like bald faced hornets and wasps are most active during the day and usually return to their nests at dusk.

If you see nests or bee activity around your home, RM Termite will remove the nest and eliminate the problem. Call us today or click here for a FREE Estimate.

New Jersey Bed Bug Awareness

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In honor of Bed Bug Awareness Week, June 7th – 13th – we will count down five important facts you should know about many people’s least favorite pest, the bed bug.

1. Bed bugs can happen to anyone.

Bed bugs don’t discriminate, they’ve been found in homes of all different people in different areas. Dirty, unsanitary homes aren’t the only ones at risk. Keeping your home clean doesn’t eliminate the risk of bed bugs whatsoever, but reducing clutter will give them less places to hide.

2. They CAN be seen with the naked eye.

Though very small, bed bugs aren’t some microscopic creature only made known by their effects. While a magnifying glass will help identify them, they are visible if looked for correctly. With most coming in at around the size of a poppy seed, anyone should be able to locate them.

3. Beds aren’t the only place you’ll find bed bugs.

Though beds are thought to be the most common residence of bed bugs, they are actually found in other similar places as well. Couches, Chairs, and areas around them are just as much threatened by bed bugs.

4. Bed bugs don’t carry diseases.

Outside of a possible allergic reaction to their bite, bed bugs are not usually seriously harmful to our bodies. Their bites will of course be a nuisance and cause itchiness, but don’t directly carry any serious health risks.

5. There are a few tell-tale signs of their presence.

Bed bugs are most easily noted by actually seeing them, but there are a few signs that can tip you off to their presence in your home. Bite marks on your face, arms, hands, neck, or really anywhere else on your body are a typical sign, though they often don’t develop immediately. Other ways to identify them include small blood spots on the mattress or a slightly sweet, musty odor nearby.

Bed bugs can cause great damage to your belongings and plenty of discomfort for you and your family if left untreated.

Call the Professionals at RM Termite and Pest Control or click here for a FREE Estimate and Inspection if you think you have a Bed Bug issue before it’s too late.

The New Jersey Carpenter Ant – What you need to know

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Here in New Jersey, ants can be a really tough insect to control. The one ant species New Jersey homeowners need to pay specific attention to is the Carpenter Ant. Carpenter Ants get their name because they build their nests in wood.  They don’t eat this wood, but rather deposit it in small piles outside their colony entrance.

Carpenter Ants will build their nests anyplace where there is moisture and a damp environment. The problem when Carpenter Ants are not detected early inside your home, they dig smooth tunnels inside the wood. These tunnels weaken the wood and potentially damage the wood that keeps the house standing. This kind of damage can be very expensive to fix.

Call the Professionals at RM Termite and Pest Control or click here for a FREE Estimate and Inspection if you think you have a Carpenter Ant issue before it’s too late.