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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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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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