Woodland Vole

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 »

New Jersey Pest Control in Hotels

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a systematic strategy for managing pests which considers prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression. Where chemical pesticides are necessary, a preference is given to materials and methods which maximize public safety and reduce environmental risk”.IPM requires participation of the hotel management and staff—not just the pest control contractors.

The parties collaborate in eliminating the food, water and shelter needed by pests to survive. Continue reading »

How to get rid of Bed Bugs

Picking up furniture that you find on the street is a big NO NO!! It’s on the street for a reason. Sometimes cheap things turn out to be a lot more expensive. Also avoid buying used furniture on Craigslist.From New Jersey to South Hampton bed bugs are everywhere, take my word for it. A popular myth is that people get bed bugs because they are dirty. Nowadays that cannot be further from the truth. I have walked into homes that were immaculate, so clean you could eat off of their floors and they still had a bed bug infestation. Continue reading »

Zimmerman Pine Moth

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 »

News About Wild Life

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 Information

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

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

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 »

Bed Bugs vs Tourism

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 »

Birch Leafminer

The small, white and slightly flattened larvae of the birch leafminer live within the birch leaves. They can be easily seen when the leaves are held up to the light. The adult is a black fly-like insect about 3/16″ inch long.

Habitat: Mature larvae overwinter in the soil under host trees. When the soil warms in the spring these prepupae pupate, usually in April, to transform into the adult stage. Within a few weeks the adult sawflies dig out from their earthen cells and fly to the newly expanding foliage of birches. The small black adults prefer to mate and oviposit on the upper leaves, especially in sunny areas. Continue reading »

Animal News&Press

Animal Control – American marten

The protection of large trees and closed canopy forests provides the shelter and habitat required for the survival of the American marten. The original Sierra Nevada Framework Plan ensured the protection of these critical attributes and represented the lowest possible risk to the marten by retaining these large trees and minimally required canopy cover. These provisions from the Framework were gutted however in the 2004 Framework revisions that are currently guiding Forest Service policy. Continue reading »

Animal Control News

Animal Control – Long-tailed weasel

Long-tailed weasel are curious by nature and are rather easily trapped in No. 0 or 1 steel leghold traps. Professional trappers in populated areas use an inverted wooden box 1 or 2 feet (30 or 60 cm) long, such as an apple box, with a 2- to 3-inch (5- to 8- cm) round opening cut out in the lower part of both ends. Dribble a trail of oats or other grain through the box. Mice will frequent it to eat the grain and weasels will investigate the scent of the mice. A trap should be set inside the box, directly under the hole at each end of the box. Keep the trap pan tight to prevent the mice from setting off the trap. Continue reading »

Demodex Mange

Demodex mange has a red color and can be called a red mange. It has long, thin cigar like body with 8 legs. Demodex mange live in hair follicles and within the follicle. Because of the immune system. When dogs immune system is suppresed, the mange start increasing population. Bad shampoo and extended use of antibiotics and steroids are most common reasons for dogs demodicosis.

Demodex Mange Mites, Dust Mites and Sarcoptic Mange Mites these are mites problem created by pets. Ear mites aren’t usually referred to as “mange” but it is, in fact, our most common mite problem in pets. Suspect ear mites if your cat has blackish ear wax or is scratching at it’s ears.

Snake flies

Snake flies are insects in the family Raphidiidae. Snakeflies, sometimes called camel-flies, are distinguished by their long necks. They are predators of small arthropods. Larvae live in leaf litter and eat aphids or other prey. Snakeflies have two pairs of membranous wings that are folded over the abdomen at rest. Females have a long tube at the end of the abdomen, an ovipositer, for laying eggs.

Snakeflies occasionally inhabit various areas of houses by accident, but mostly live outside on trees. Though seldom seen, these insects are common in wooded areas, usually in association with bark. Continue reading »

DDT Ban The US ban and global perspectives

EDF has made a treaty to make sure that the use of DDT is contained, controlled and set in a controllable environment. Using DDT for outdoor applications is strictly prohibited. DDT in very small amounts can be applied to indoor infestations. The use of DDT is only possible if there are no other safe, reliable and affordable alternatives present in the areas. The aim here is to minimize the wildlife and human effects of using DDT on outdoor settings.

The fact remains that malaria is a very damaging and rampant issue in many countries especially in the African continent. Continue reading »

Animal News

Animal Control – Possums

Possums are highly territorial creatures as such it can be very dangerous for both the animal and those coming into contact with it when attempting to remove a possum. It is recommended you seek professional advice if encountering possum problems.
Possums long term solution for control is through some means of contraception , and the public has expressed a preference for this type of control. Researchers have found sperm and egg proteins that may act as contraceptives for possums, and transgenic carrots containing these proteins have been imported from the USA ready to test their effectiveness. Continue reading »

Animal Control in New Jersey

Animal Control – Mink

Repellent Thiram is federally registered for protecting bulbs from mole damage. Mole repellents with castor oil as the active ingredient are now on the market and may potentially prevent eastern mole damage under certain circumstances. In using any repellent, follow directions and application rates provided on the package label. Also be aware that using any repellent for controlling moles has limitations and may not eliminate damage or effectively control the problem.Mothballs or moth flakes occasionally are suggested as mole repellents. When placed into the mole’s runways, they are said to cause the mole to leave. But there is little information to substantiate their effectiveness. Continue reading »

American Dog Ticks

American dog ticks are about 4-6mm in length, have oval shaped, but flattened bodies, and four pair of legs. The dorsal surface or back of the female tick is dark reddish brown with a crescent shaped, light colored plate near the front of the body.They prefer food sources such as starches, sweets, grease and meat products, but other items may include cheese.

Habitat: American dog tick has a fairly wide host range.Dogs are a preferred host but adults commonly infest both large and medium sized mammals such as cattle, deer, raccoons, and opossum. Continue reading »

Little Black Ant

Control: Unlike sugar ants, little black ants travel along defined foraging trails and are slow-moving. Therefore, workers can easily be followed back to the nest. Once the nest is located, it can then be destroyed. Seal up any openings that ants may be using to get inside. If nests cannot be found, apply baits both indoors and out.

Phorid fly

Phorid flies are about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, dark brown to almost black, and move in a characteristic short, nervous, jerky manner. The largest segment of the hind leg is distinctly flattened laterally.

phorids are usually most common in late summer and early fall cropping. Tthe flies are attracted to light, and swarm near windows and doors in growing rooms and packing sheds. It is a common sight to see numbers of dead phorid flies on the floor beneath windows and near doors. Continue reading »