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The official blog of Arkadia Eco Pest Control of New Jersey.
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The Dangers of DIY Bee & Wasp Removal

Despite being a nuisance at times, bees and wasps have essential roles in our ecosystem. Bees are excellent pollinators, and without them, our food supply would suffer, and we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the shade of a tree or beautiful landscaping. Although wasps are less effective at pollinating than bees, they play an important role in keeping destructive insects, like aphids and caterpillars, away. As helpful as bees and wasps are, their stings can be life-threatening for people who are allergic. When bees and wasps build nests in and around New Jersey homes, it can be frustrating, inconvenient, and even dangerous for many residents. The natural response for many is to remove the nests, but many DIY removal methods are ineffective and dangerous. The safest option for removal is always a trained professional. Know Your Bees and Wasps Before you panic at the first sight of a bee or...
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Types of Bees in New Jersey

Like most other states in the US and across the globe, New Jersey is home to many types of bees and stinging insects. And while some types of bees are beneficial for our ecosystems, others present not just an annoyance to residents, but also potential risks. Even if you are not allergic to bees or their stings, it’s possible to experience issues with stinging insects who choose to make their homes near (or inside!) yours. Here’s more on the types of bees you’ll find in New Jersey, as well as how to handle their removal when necessary. Types of Bees and Stinging Insects in New Jersey The most common types of bees in New Jersey are carpenter bees, bumble bees, and honeybees. Of course, within those three classifications, there are many different distinct types of bees, making it difficult to tell what you might be looking at. There are also...
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Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2019: Facts About Mosquitoes

Did you know there is a National Mosquito Awareness Week? Though many people find mosquitoes to be an annoyance, they can also pose serious health hazards to people all over the world. Here in New Jersey, we often run into our own issues with mosquitoes , as they’re one of the most prolific pests out there. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the mosquitoes (and their bites) at bay, even through the summer. Mosquito Control Awareness Officially, Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2019 is June 23rd through the 29th, but here at Arkadia Eco Pest Control, we would argue that mosquito awareness needs to happen year-round! Though they are most active in the muggy days of summer, mosquitoes can survive year-round at temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Because they are out so often, taking preventative measures in all seasons is a smart idea. After all, mosquito bites are annoying and frustrating—but...
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Lyme Disease FAQ

Beautiful sunny weather makes us want to enjoy nature, but other animals and insects like to take advantage of the great outdoors too. Ticks are so small that we often don’t see them until they’ve latched onto us and followed us home. Ticks transmit protozoans, viruses, bacteria, and rickettsias. They can cause Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Lyme disease. Ticks Though ticks have some of the same characteristics as spiders and insects, they are arthropods and classified as mites. Ticks are external parasites, and they only feed on other creatures’ blood. There are two primary types of ticks: Argasidae, or soft ticks, and Ixodidae, or hard ticks. The hard tick’s shell is the main difference, and it restricts how much blood they can ingest at once. Soft ticks can feed quickly and are soft but leathery. Most ticks aren’t too picky when it comes to finding a...
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Tick Season: What You Need to Know About Ticks & Tick Control

With tick season right around the corner, it’s more important than ever that you familiarize yourself with some basics about ticks, and how to control them. Today, we’ll give you everything you need to know about these pests, including how to keep you and your family safe. Where are Ticks Found? Throughout New Jersey, there are many species of ticks. While we see blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) in the highest numbers, lone star ticks, American dog ticks, and woodchuck ticks also call New Jersey their home. Health Risks When it comes to ticks, Lyme disease is the most concerning health risk. In fact, cases of Lyme disease have been soaring in New Jersey, with 5,027 cases reported in 2017 , which is the highest reported total in over two decades. In Essex County, 207 cases were reported in that time, while neighboring Morris county saw a staggering 650 cases of...
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How To Get Rid Of Rodents In Your Attic

At one point or another, nearly every homeowner deals with a rodent problem , and unfortunately, those industrious little nesters can quickly become a large problem. Each particular area of your home has its own unique challenges and needs when it comes to getting rid of rodents, but one of the toughest might just be your attic. Attics are a perfect environment for rodents - dark and quiet with little foot traffic or disturbance. While cute, these little pests can wreak havoc on a home with their tendency to chew through just about everything from wires to insulation. They’re also a health concern, leaving droppings that will sit for long periods of time in an attic that become little cesspools of bacteria and mold and carrying diseases and other unwanted visitors like ticks and fleas into your home. Thankfully, removing these unwanted pests doesn’t have to be a huge headache,...
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How to Tell When an Infestation is Bigger Than Expected

Every house gets a bug every now and then, but if you start to notice even one or two bugs on a regular basis, you may have a larger infestation than you expected. It is always important to try and catch any infestation as quickly as possible, but when you find one that's larger than initially expected, speed matters even more. How to tell when an infestation is bigger than expected. Pests always leave signs of their presence, and when the infestation is bigger than expected, the signs are also larger. What should you look out for? If you see noticeable amounts of waste, from rodents or bugs, you may have a more significant infestation than you realize. Pest predators, like ladybugs and spiders, can indicate an infestation. If you see a lot of them in or around your home, you can bet that they have plenty of pests to...
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How Climate Change Affects Pest Populations

As climate change continues to alter the earth's atmosphere in unpredictable and erratic ways, humanity is seeing many unusual patterns in the global ecosystem. Not least of these new patterns is the behavioral changes of pests. Already, pests are exhibiting peculiar new characteristics and appearing in geographical regions that scientists once believed to be ill-suited for them. For example, the mountain pine beetle, southern pine beetle, and hemlock wooly adelgid have suddenly moved into forests with ecosystems unprepared for their arrival while causing significant amounts of damage . Here are some other ways climate change is affecting pest populations and what the consequences will be. Range of Distribution One change which pests will undergo is their range of distribution. Bugs don’t migrate to places where the temperature is too hot or too cold, meaning you won't find many in mountain ranges or areas with a low elevation. However, now that...
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How to Stop Raccoons from Destroying Your Trash

It surprises a lot of people, but NJ does have a number of resident raccoons. At Arkadia Pest Control , we often receive calls from our clients about raccoon removal, and we wanted to share some tips on how to prevent and deter raccoons from feasting in your trash cans at night. Why is this so important? Outside of leaving a mess for you to clean or finding potentially hazardous waste material on your property with their droppings, raccoons are also loud. Once they designate your house as the local meal spot, you’re bound to have to listen to them every night. Why is This So Important? Outside of costing you sleep, raccoons are opportunistic, like most scavenger animals. If they feel welcome and fed, they might just decide to hang around. If they do, they’ll find entry into your attic, crawl spaces or other areas. Once inside your home,...
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How to Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home

Bed bugs are notorious for being particularly nasty and hard to get rid of. They are easily able to move from place to place by traveling on clothing, bedding, boxes, luggage, and furniture. Bed bugs also bite and will cause itchy welts on your body when you're sleeping. These are very uncomfortable and since they are difficult to find and get rid of, prevention is really the best thing that you can do. How to Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home Double check anything you get secondhand: This is especially important when you're buying used beds, furniture, and couches. Look for signs of a bed bug infestation, such as red stains, dark spots, eggs, and live bugs, before you bring anything home. Use a protective cover on your mattress and box springs: These protective covers are light in color and make bed bugs easier to see. It also helps to eliminate many...
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Signs of a Rodent Infestation

If you think you might have a rodent problem, you are likely wondering what steps you should take to confirm your suspicion and contain the threat. Rodents can enter your home or office when you least expect to face the problem, and not everyone knows how to detect them in the early stages. This guide reveals the warning signs of an infestation and the dangers rodents can present if you don't address them, and you will understand what path makes sense for your situation. The goal is to arm you with the required information to choose the smartest option based on your needs. Detecting rodents and the issues they cause will be much easier, and you will know you have done the right thing. Rodent Hazards Mice, rats and other rodents that get into your home can cause a variety of issues of which you need to be aware. They...
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Ways to Avoid Attracting Ticks

Ticks spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other illnesses to people and animals. Avoid being bitten by following these tick prevention tips from Arkadia Eco Pest Control. Arkadia provides safe, effective, environmentally friendly tick control services in New Jersey. Avoid Tick Encounters Staying out of ticks' way is half the battle. The following tips can help prevent tick run-ins in the first place to reduce the risk of being bitten: Know Their Habitats Avoid Wooded Areas Stay Away from Areas With Brush or Tall Grass Walk on Pavement Instead of Grass When Possible If you must venture into places with heavy vegetation, check your clothing, gear, hair and body for ticks as soon as you get home. In addition to inspecting kids post-outing, check your furry family members for ticks. Shower immediately to further reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases. Repel Ticks Sometimes you can't avoid tick-prone areas....
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Common Mosquito Myths

For millions of years, mosquitoes have terrorized the world by helping spread disease and sickness. While these problematic insects have always been a nuisance to humans, they are still quite misunderstood. Here are some of the most common mosquito myths. Myth #1: All Mosquitoes Bite Mosquitoes are well known for being bloodthirsty pests. However, not all mosquitoes actually bite. In order to nourish their eggs, female mosquitoes must collect blood protein. Special chemical and heat sensors enable them to detect nearby animals to feast on. On the other hand, their male counterparts typically feed on plant sap and flower nectar. Myth #2: Mosquitoes Die After Biting You Some insects, such as honey bees, die after stinging their victim. Unfortunately, this is not the case with mosquitoes. Not only will mosquitoes survive after biting you, buy they will go on to produce more offspring. Myth #3: The Cold Weather Kills Mosquitoes...
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