People joke about how quickly rabbits multiply, but mice leave rabbits in the dust when it comes to speed of reproduction. Living in polygamous groups, mice breed continually throughout the year. A female mouse may have as many as 5 litters in a 12-month period with each litter typically producing between 6 and 12 pups. Within 3 months, pups reach sexual maturity and are capable of reproducing.
Mouse multiplication progresses exponentially. At the rate of 5 litters per year, a single female mouse is capable of producing 30 to 60 pups a year. If the first generation of pups produces at the same rate, the mouse population in your Bergen County NJ home or garage could increase by anywhere from a very conservative 180 to an astounding 720 in just two generations! Keep multiplying for 3 more generations and the numbers quickly become overwhelming.
Fortunately, most mice only survive a year in the wild. These tiny rodents also serve as an important link in nature’s food chain, providing a primary food source for numerous animals and birds which also helps to keep mouse populations in check. However, mice are more likely to survive and multiply if they nest in the relative safety of your home or garage.
Don’t risk having your Bergen County home or garage overrun by mice. At the first sign of a problem, contact the mouse control experts at Heritage Pest Control.
Indian meal moths may sound exotic, but they’re all too common. These pantry pests can destroy your food supply more thoroughly than a houseful of teenage boys.
These moths are easily distinguished from others by the copper markings on the tip half of their wings. Unlike with other home invaders, you may unwittingly “invite” them in via infested dry goods purchased at the grocery store.
Adult Indian meal moths don’t cause the damage. The problem begins when females lay eggs in or near foods such as flour, cereal and pasta. Nuts and dried flowers are also popular environments, so NJ pest control experts suggest that you also check table arrangements and wall hangings containing these items.
Once the eggs hatch, the larvae begin to move through the food to get nourishment. The silken webbing they leave behind is clear evidence of an infestation. The full-grown larvae will then look for a place to spin their cocoon. Your first tip-off that Indian meal moths have invaded your home may be spotting a larva moving across a wall.
Commercial traps are available, but they capture only male Indian meal moths. Females and larvae, the true source of the problem, remain unaffected. Experienced NJ pest control technicians can safely and efficiently rid your home of pests. Contact Heritage Pest Control at 1.866.666.3120 for educated answers to all your questions.
Earwigs sound like something out of a Twilight Zone episode. While their horror-film characteristics are a myth, they’re still not something you want to find in your kitchen sink.
These insects have a set of pincers on their abdomen that contributes to their frightening appearance, but they’re used mostly for fighting with other earwigs, not humans. Like many pests, they’re nocturnal by nature and prefer damp areas.
Earwigs generally begin encroaching on a property by taking up residence under logs, rocks and mulch. They feed on plants and other insects so they can do serious damage to your gardens. A change in weather can drive them indoors in search of a new food supply.
Their preference for dampness makes them most likely to turn up in bathrooms and laundry rooms, but residential pest control experts warn that they can turn up anywhere in your house. Earwigs are speedy and can hide in the smallest cracks and crevices, so an infestation is probably in full force by the time you see any signs of them.
Targeting earwigs on an individual basis is ineffective. Residential pest control should address elimination of nests and eggs to be successful. Our trained, licensed technicians at Heritage Pest Control will create an in-depth plan to permanently eliminate the problem. Contact us for prompt assistance at your northern New Jersey home.
Silverfish may sound like a delicacy from a sushi menu, but the truth is far less pleasant. You might find these tiny, wingless insects invading your home in search of their own sustenance.
The name comes from their shiny, scale-like appearance and wiggling motion. While silverfish can’t fly, they’re deceptively speedy which allows them to avoid detection. They reproduce quickly, so by the time you see one there are likely to be many more.
Silverfish are nocturnal by nature and prefer areas of high humidity, making bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms some of their primary targets. Residential pest control experts note that sinks and bathtubs are most likely the first places these insects will be spotted.
The amount of damage these tiny pests can cause is remarkable. Carbohydrates are one of their primary food sources so they can quickly infest your food supply, even working their way into unopened packages. They like to feed on glue and can end up shredding books and wallpaper.
Do-it-yourself residential pest control is largely ineffective. It doesn’t target the nests and eggs, so while you may have some short-term relief the problem will eventually recur.
Our experienced professionals at Heritage Pest Control can provide thorough, lasting treatment to deal with a silverfish infestation. If you’re in northern New Jersey, contact us for immediate assistance.
Winter is a time to stay indoors curled up in a cozy chair in front of a fireplace. Unfortunately, most household pests have the same idea. They like nothing better than setting up camp in the attic or walls of your dry, warm house.
There’s no off-season when it comes to Bergen County pest control. Use these helpful tips to reduce the chance of entertaining some unwelcome holiday visitors.
- Trim back any unruly tree branches that may provide squirrels with a red carpet to your roof and attic.
- Cockroaches and rodents are attracted to food scraps and garbage, so keep all containers tightly sealed and promptly clean up any spills.
- Firewood should be stored five feet off the ground and at least 20 feet from the house to discourage animals nesting inside.
- Cover chimneys and other vents with screens.
- Keep your yard cleared of waste like leaves and moss, immediately disposing of any accumulation.
- Store items in attics, basements and garages in plastic bags or sealed containers rather than cardboard boxes.
- Regularly inspect for gnaw marks and other signs of infestation, paying particular attention to insulation and wiring.
Despite your best efforts, these stubborn pests may find their way in. The professional technicians of Heritage Pest Control are experienced at safely removing intruders and helping you prevent a return visit. Contact us for more information about our Bergen County pest control services.
Having a single rodent in your New Jersey attic can cause serious trouble, but did you know that leaving one rodent unchecked can lead to having many different rodents in no time at all? Many types of rodents would love to find a breach in an attics vent, soffit, or roof so that they can make it their home report NJ Pest Control professionals.
Mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons will use their claws, teeth, and their nimble body to make their way into an attic. Rodents soil insulation with urine and feces and also use it as fluffy bedding. Squirrels spend their days out collecting nuts and returning it to their new “home” in anticipation for freezing or snow covered days. The pheromone trail that rodents leave leading in and out of their new digs is an open invitation for other types of creatures. The stash of food that is found by any critter is an additional invitation to stay for the winter. Snakes have been known to follow the scent of mice, rats, and squirrels up into attics waiting for an easy meal.
Rodents in the attic are a nuisance and should be removed as soon as they are discovered. For expert rodent elimination services in Northern NJ, contact Heritage Pest Control.
Many people have poured a bowl of cereal, added milk, and gobbled up a good amount of their morning feast only to discover an odd addition floating, or worse swimming, in their remaining milk. Finding little bugs in food can make anyone lose their appetite for certain. Weevils are the typical cereal invader.
Unfortunately weevils are not alone in their quest to invade homes and businesses report NJ Pest Control professionals. There are other types of dry food pests that will attack pasta, spices, dried fruit, herbs, rice, cookies, and even chocolate.
Pantry pests are not an indication of uncleanliness. Sometimes these pests sneak into packaging where they are warehoused. Other times these little creatures find their way into various food products in grocery stores. Pantry pests may even find their way inside from the outdoors.
All pantry pests are able to live unnoticed among food products, while they lay an extreme amount of eggs. As with other insects, the eggs will develop into larvae, and eventually into adult pests.
Pantry pests can spread easily to other food sources. If NJ pantry pests are found, its best to dispose of the contaminated food in a sealed plastic bag and place in a sealed trash can outdoors. The next step is to call a NJ Pest Control expert like Heritage Pest Control for full eradication of the small but mighty pests.
When traveling this holiday season, don’t let bed bugs become the gift that keeps on giving. The difficulty of bed bug control makes any new surroundings a cause for concern. Whether staying in a hotel or with relatives, use these tips to reduce the chance of bringing home some of these unwanted souvenirs.
- Protect items in your luggage by storing them in ziplock plastic bags. Keep them sealed at all times except when you need to access an item. You may even want to use a trash bag to surround the entire suitcase. Baggage liners specially made to resist bed bugs are also available.
- Place all your baggage, including purses, camera bags and other accessories, on a luggage rack or in the bathroom. These areas have fewer of the nooks and crevices where bed bugs love to hide. Be sure not to place any bags on a bed, even if it’s covered with a protective cloth.
- When you return home wash all garments, worn or not, in hot water. Bed bugs can’t survive temperatures higher than 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a vacuum to thoroughly clean out the insides of your luggage.
Sometimes your best efforts may not be enough to keep these stubborn pests out of your home. For safe and reliable bed bug control in Bergen County, contact the professional technicians at Heritage Pest Control.
Bed bugs are nothing new – in fact, the little pests have been bugging us for millions of years. For years, bed bug control was possible through the pesticide DDT. But when that powerful chemical was banned as dangerous, the bugs began to proliferate again.
Thanks to sensational news reports, many of us associate bed bugs with hotels. But these bloodsuckers show up at school, camps, restaurants, movie theaters and anywhere people congregate. They breed like crazy and hide out in every nook and cranny around the house.
If you or your family has traveled lately, it’s a good idea to take preventative action against bed bugs. Wash your clothes and linens in hot water or apply a steam iron. Vacuum your carpets and rugs, especially around places where suitcases are sitting.
And if you find that the little vampires have already taken up residence – whether by noticing them or feeling the effects of their bites – it’s time to take it up to the next level.
Call the experts
Simply spraying your home with commercial pest repellent is not recommended for killing off bugs and their eggs.
Instead, you need the proven services of a leading NJ bed bug control expert. When you make the call, you can count on comprehensive services, including cleaning and sanitizing affected areas, and making minor repairs to ensure that your house remains unbugged year round.
The house mouse is nothing like the fun and fantastic character that you will find at a popular amusement park. It is a dangerous little furry critter that can cause serious illness to all that they encounter.
Having mice living in your home or business can easily cost thousands of dollars of repairs that are not typically covered by insurance policies. Mice have extremely sharp incisors which enable them to chew through drywall, plywood, insulation, wood, and some types of plumbing that they encounter. Mice are also known to be attracted to chewing on electrical wiring. Each bite that they take is a potential fire waiting to happen in any home or business.
Mice are by design excellent disease transmitters. It is estimated that twenty percent of the world’s food supply is destroyed each year because of both mice and rats. Besides causing salmonella, mice are known to cause Hantavirus in humans as well. The 1994 outbreak of Hantavirus killed more than 50 people in several different states.
As the cold New Jersey weather begins to set in, mice will be looking for a way to come indoors. Once inside, they will multiply quickly. To keep mice out it is imperative that you hire a NJ pest control professional like Heritage Pest Control who has extensive experience in mice exclusion and eradication.