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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »