The eyes are small; the ears short and nearly hidden by the fur surrounding them. Characters useful in distinguishing this species from other Adirondack voles include fur color and texture, and tail length. The back and sides are auburn or chestnut; the throat, belly and feet are gray to buffy gray. The tail is about 25 mm (1.0 in) in length, slightly longer than the hind foot. Bog lemmings have shorter tails and shaggy fur; the other voles have longer tails.
A diminutive harvest mouse like R. montanus, but upperparts deep brown or gray, heavily mixed with black, especially on the mid-dorsal area; ears blackish all over rather than dark at the base and light at the tip; tail about as long as head and body, the dark dorsal and light ventral stripes about equal in width. Continue reading »
Animal Control – Furbearers
Most furbearers have tremendous reproductive potential. In the absence of harvest, furbearer populations can quickly increase to levels above the carrying capacity of the environment When overpopulation occurs, one of nature’s control techniques will take effect. Disease, parasitism, and starvation are the most common natural mortality factors, and all are density related. Populations then quickly decline, reaching low levels undesirable to sportsmen and other outdoor enthusiasts. Continue reading »
Bed Bugs are back With a Vengeance… And They Want You!
Whether you are aware of it or not, we are in the biggest bed bug epidemic that New York and New Jersey has ever seen. Cimex lectularious popularly known as bed bugs, chinch bugs or chinches have increased dramatically in most neighborhoods to as much as 500 percent. Even I, being in the pest control industry have seen a serious increase in calls about bed bugs. I have come to realize that a lot of the customers seem to have the wrong idea when it comes to bedbugs and how to get rid of them. Continue reading »
Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidusare) Common throughout its range, the pallid bat occurs in arid and semi-arid regions throughout Northern United States. Pallid bats eat beetles, grasshoppers, and moths, and they forage for slow-moving prey, such as scorpions, flightless arthropods, and sometimes lizards, at and near ground level.
This is a large, pale, and yellowish brown bat. These bats have broad ears that are about 2.5cm long. The fur hair is a light yellowish tan color. A large light-colored spot may be between the shoulders. Their nostrils are surrounded by a ridge that produces a blunt snout. Continue reading »
Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar L.) is the most serious insect pest of hardwood trees in United states. In the 80 and 90, the gypsy moth defoliated more than a million acres each year in the eastern. Infestations alternate between years of little defoliation followed by periods of 2 to 4 years of heavier defoliation when gypsy moth populations are heavier. Of late infestations have been considerably reduced.
Gypsy moth caterpillars feed on most hardwood trees, except ash. They prefer oak, poplar, gray birch and fruit trees. When half grown or larger, the larvae are also likely to feed on evergreens. Continue reading »
It is reported that a lot of tourists, including national and international, are planning their trips elsewhere because of a fear of booking a hotel or motel that has bed bugs in it. If I was in the hotel or motel industry in New Jersey. A good plan is to have all your rooms inspected for bed bugs, if any are present have them exterminated, and find and New Jersey bed bug inspection agency that will certify your establishment bed bug free.
Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, announced a $500,000 initiative of city funding to help deal with one of the city’s most annoying and difficult-to-eradicate pests. Continue reading »