New Jersey Lyme Disease

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What is Lyme Disease?

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, here is the definition:

Lyme disease (LD) is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacterium called a spirochete (pronounced spy-ro-keet) that is carried by deer ticks. An infected tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites. Untreated, the bacterium travels through the bloodstream, establishes itself in various body tissues, and can cause a number of symptoms, some of which are severe.

With respect to symptoms and treatment, the Lyme Disease Association has this to say:

The Lyme DisLD manifests itself as a multisystem inflammatory disease that affects the skin in its early, localized stage, and spreads to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later, disseminated stages. If diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics, LD is almost always readily cured. Generally, LD in its later stages can also be treated effectively, but because the rate of disease progression and individual response to treatment varies from one patient to the next, some patients may have symptoms that linger for months or even years following treatment. In rare instances, LD causes permanent damage.

Symptoms

According to the American Lyme Disease web site, here is bullet list of common symptoms:

 

Localized Early (Acute) Stage:

  • Solid red or bull’s-eye rash, usually at site of bite
  • Swelling of lymph glands near tick bite
  • Generalized achiness
  • Headache

 

Early Disseminated Stage:

  • Two or more rashes not at site of bite
  • Migrating pains in joints/tendons
  • Headache
  • Stiff, aching neck
  • Facial palsy (facial paralysis similar to Bell’s palsy)
  • Tingling or numbness in extremities
  • Multiple enlarged lymph glands
  • Abnormal pulse
  • Sore throat
  • Changes in vision
  • Fever of 100 to 102 F
  • Severe fatigue

 

Late Stage:

  • Arthritis (pain/swelling) of one or two large joints
  • Disabling neurological disorders (disorientation; confusion; dizziness; short-term memory loss; inability to concentrate, finish sentences or follow conversations; mental “fog”)
  • Numbness in arms/hands or legs/feet

If you suspect you have Lyme Disease – see your physician immediately!

RM Termite and Pest Control can help you reduce Tick populations in your yard. Call us today 888-249-6633 or click here for a FREE Estimate

New Jersey Carpenter Bee Problems

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Here in New Jersey during the spring, carpenter bees can often be seen buzzing around the eaves of homes and are mistaken for “bumblebees”.  While bumblebees are social insects, carpenter bees are not. It’s during the spring that carpenter bees emerge and begin to excavate tunnels for shelter and as chambers in which to rear their young. They usually attack unpainted objects such as doors, windowsills, roof eaves, shingles, railings, telephone poles, and sometimes wooden lawn furniture.

A carpenter bee issue around your home should not be ignored. Not only can carpenter bees cause unsightly holes, but they also attract Woodpeckers who are after the carpenter bee larva. RM Termite and Pest Control can solve your carpenter bee problem.

We offer free estimates for New Jersey Carpenter Bee problems so contact us today – call the office or schedule your estimate online

New Jersey Termite Exterminator – Talks Termite Awareness Week

New Jersey Homeowners Should Know the Difference Between Termites and Ants

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Termites – they cause millions of dollars of damage each year !  This week March 15 – March 21st is Termite Awareness Week. As part of RM Termite and Pest Control’s commitment to educating you about Termites, we’d like to post  several short blog articles this week.Our First in this series is about Termite Swarms…

As your local New Jersey Termite Exterminator, we see termite swarming activity during the spring months but occasionally a few smaller swarms may occur during the summer.

Termite Swarmers are sometimes easily confused with Winged Ants.

Look at the picture below – Can you guess which one is a Termite?

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The termite in the picture above is the top image. The ant is on the bottom.

Termite Exterminator Tip – Here’s how to tell the difference:

INSECT BODY

  • Termites:  Termites have two distinct body segments with a waistline closer to the head than the tail.
  • Ants: An ant has 3 distinct body segments with two waistlines nearly equidistant from each other.

 

INSECT WINGS

  • Termites: Termite swarmer wings are very long and narrow, extending a body length beyond the back of the abdomen.  As you can see in the picture  above, the wings of termites lay back very straight and parallel with the body.
  • Ants: Ant wings extend just slightly past the end of the body.  Also, their wings lie at a slight angle to the body, away from the body at the bottom.

 

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If you see swarming activity in your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE Estimate. 

 

New Jersey Rodent Control – Get the Facts about Mice and Rats

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Rodent control – specifically – mice and rats, can prove to be a formidable foe for homeowners and renters alike.  They typically gain entry to a home through cracks or holes in the exterior of their home. With their small heads and flexible bodies, rats and mice can sneak into a home through cracks and small openings that have gone unnoticed. They can also sneak in through sewer lines, poorly sealed drainage pipes, and entry holes around gas and plumbing lines. If home owners leave these areas unchecked, it is easy to wind up with an infestation, which can become unmanageable within a matter of months.

Rodents such as mice and rats emerge most frequently to search for food, so it is important to consider the cleanliness of your home, especially the kitchen. Homeowners should take care not to leave food out and to always eliminate crumbs.

Some of the identifying clues of a rodent infestation include scratching and biting within the walls and ceilings, appearance of droppings, and small holes in food packaging, boxes, or other suspicious holes in the home that look like bite marks, or ripped paper or materials that could be used to build rodent nests.

Rats and Mice breed quickly and can build populations in the hundreds within a month or two. It is important to act quickly at the first signs of an infestation, as colonies do not like to venture back outside once they have found a vulnerable place in the home that will allow them to sneak in.

Rats and Mice can cause very significant damage to every party of your home; from the foundation to floors and ceilings, an infestation can cause the destruction of each layer of a home. Because these rodents often nest within walls, it is not uncommon for them to destroy the interior structure of the walls; insulation and structure alike can be compromised. It is also worth noting that mouse and rat feces and urine are incredibly dangerous to any that may come in contact with them. These rodents carry bacteria and disease, and should be handled with care to prevent the release of toxic particles into the air or from being introduced into the body.

To eliminate an infestation, all entry points must be elimated or sealed, including those as small as the size of a pea. All food sources must be kept sealed carefully, at which point pest extermination can begin.

The professionals here at RM Termite and Pest Control will solve your rodent problems – Request a FREE Estimate today

New Jersey Squirrel Control – 4 Things to Prevent Squirrel Infestations

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NO!!!! Are Squirrels really a nuisance pest?

Squirrels are a typically part of the outdoor landscape in many New Jersey neighborhoods—suburban, rural, and urban neighborhoods alike—that rarely strike people as a nuisance.

However, as many homeowners know, once an infestation begins, “nuisance” becomes an understatement. Squirrels can become a dangerous and damaging force. Once they enter a home, they will nest, gnaw, and chew; everything in site is a possible target for squirrels, especially insulation, wiring, plumbing, and home structures.

4 Things for Squirrel Prevention

  1. The first and most important step that homeowners can take to prevent an infestation; home owners should secure mesh to any openings, and prevent squirrels from accessing their roof.
  2. Siding must be intact; any broken siding should be repaired.
  3. Branches should be trimmed back or removed to make access more difficult. Home owners should also consider discontinuing the use of bird feeders.
  4. Gardens should be contained with mesh to deter the animals from feeding on them.

Controlling and eliminating a squirrel infestation can be challenging; many species are protected, which makes harming them illegal.

If you are having difficulty controlling squirrels – Call your local squirrel control experts at RM Termite and Pest Control today or click here to request a FREE Estimate

New Jersey Fall Pest Invaders – Nuisance Pests

There are a number of pests we can consider as New Jersey fall pest invaders.  It’s the time of year when we start to see an increase in activity from these pests and we wanted to make a short post on the usual suspects invading homes.

The Stink Bug

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Brown stink bugs were accidentally introduced here in the US from China and Japan. As the cooler temperatures begin, stink bugs start to move inside for the winter. Stink Bugs are a nuisance pest and if you ever smash a stink bug – you’ll know why they got their name. RM Termite can help you with preventative control techniques by sealing crevices, and making sure window screens, attic and soffit vents are in good shape.

The Lady Bug

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Lady bugs will try and get indoors before the first frost. Lady bugs are really beetles and because they eat aphids – they are a welcome addition to gardens. In large populations, lady bugs are also considered a nuisance pest. Vacuuming a large group of these insects is the best way to remove them from your home. Also, like stink bugs consider preventative measures to control how they might get inside.

Box Elder Bugs

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Like the fall invaders above, the Box Elder Bug enters the home to spend the winter. You may find these bugs clustering in large numbers at the base of trees or you may spot them on the south (warmest) sides of buildings. These bugs do not present a structural damage issue to your home, nor do they bite or leave a nasty odor if squished. However, like lady bugs and stink bugs, they can become a nuisance if they are present in large numbers on or inside your New Jersey home. Preventative controls like those mentioned above are the best ways to reduce populations and the chance for infestations. 

In addition to these pests, mice, and spiders are also fall pest invaders to be on the lookout for.

Contact RM Termite and Pest Control today for a free estimate, if you want to reduce Fall Pest Invaders.

 

New Jersey Mouse Control

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So why is it that we see an increase in rodent activity this time of year in our New Jersey homes? In short, it’s about the weather – rodents begin to search for food and as the weather gets cooler, they usually try to find ways inside your home.   What’s more, rodents and especially mice, can squeeze through incredibly small holes through your home. Sealing these cracks, holes and crevices is one of the things RM Termite and Pest Control can do as a preventative measure for control. Rodents and mice are rapid breeders – so chances are – if you see one mouse there are probably more that have invaded your home. New Jersey mouse control is something RM Termite is proud to provide homeowners throughout our service area.

Contact the professionals at RM Termite and Pest Control today for a FREE Mouse Control Estimate. 

New Jersey Wildlife Control Services

If you’ve ever experienced wildlife up close and inside of your home, then you know it can be literally – a wild experience! Here in central and northern parts of New Jersey, homeowners deal with and abundance of wildlife species. Sometimes they try and take  up residence inside of our homes.  Here are three common invaders:

Squirrels

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Squirrel infestations in the attic are quite common in our service area of NJ.  They rarely pose a health threat but the problem should be addressed at the first sign of an infestation.  Squirrel trapping can be quite tricky and we highly recommend that you contact a pest professional to control squirrels around your home or business.

Raccoons

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Raccoons are a common rabies carrier in NJ where populations of them are increasing.  They can damage homes and buildings when they attempt to enter through the attic or chimney.  Garbage cans that are left open often attract raccoons to your property.  They can be quite ferocious when cornered or protecting their young.  We highly recommend you leave raccoon trapping to a professional who understand raccoons and takes precautions when removing them.

Moles

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Moles are a pest and a threat to your lawn and property.  They do not hibernate but are active and a threat to your property year round.  Proper mole control is best left to a professional who will clearly identify the type of tunnel system involved and create a unique service plan tailored to the specific nuances of the tunnel type(s) on your property.

Wildlife Control

RM Termite’s wildlife control technicians have the equipment and knowledge necessary to safely remove the animal from your property without injuring it or themselves. They will then relocate the captured animal to a more appropriate location. Wildlife control technicians are also up to date on regulations involving species that may be protected by law and require special handling. A professional exterminator will also be able to assist with cleaning up the animal’s nest, droppings, and food remnants in order to prevent the spread of disease and bacteria.

Click here for a FREE Estimate for Wildlife Services

New Jersey Fall Pest Invaders – Rodents

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Rodents can often be a ‘year-round’ pest problem.  They can especially become a problem in the fall months. As we move toward the end of summer and into fall here are few things you need to know about mice and rodents in your home

Rodents are often heard scratching or moving in walls, ceilings, and attics at night or even during the day.

They can enter the home through openings as small as a dime and once in, they don’t typically leave on their own.

While elusive, they are very comfortable sharing our living spaces, eating our food and reproducing at an extremely quick rate!

Sanitation efforts in conjunction with rodent proofing provide the best solution to reduce or completely eliminate these conditions. Are you ready to Rodent Proof your home? Contact the professionals at RM Termite for a FREE Pest Estimate 

Bald Faced Hornet Facts – Bees in New Jersey

Throughout our service area here in New Jersey, homeowners this time of year may encounter an aggressive insect called the Bald-face Hornet.

Bald-faced hornets are more closely related to yellow jackets than they are to hornets.

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These “social wasps” are black with white markings on the front of the head and the tip of the abdomen. The face in primarily white with dark eyes. Front wings of hornets and other Vespidae are folded lengthwise when at rest. The large antennae are conspicuous. Due to their size, shape and coloration these wasps are sometimes mistaken for bees.

Bald-faced Hornets are known for their large ball-shaped paper nest, which they build in the spring for raising their young. These nests can sometimes reach 3 feet tall.

Here are some facts about Bald-face hornets…

  • Bald-face hornets live in large groups called colonies.
  • Bald-face hornets build aerial nests as big as a basketball.
  • Drones come from non-fertilized eggs. Since drones are males, they have no sting.
  • Female hornets will sting repeatedly to protect the colony.
  • Most wasps feed on insects, while bees rely on a diet of nectar or pollen.

If you see this nest in and around your home …

Call the Professionals here at RM Termite for a FREE Estimate!

We’ll remove the nest from your property and eliminate your problem.