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Odorous House Ants

The pungent, rotten coconut-like odor given off when this ant is crushed gives it its name. It is probably the most common pest ant that Guardian deals with.
It is a small ant 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. The body is brown to black.

Colonies consist of several hundred to ten thousand ants. Since different colonies are not hostile to each other they often move along trails from colony to colony. These ants are often organized into Super colonies and can infest whole blocks of houses at a time. They can be difficult to eliminate. Multiple applications are often needed. Sweet ant baits are often helpful.

Inside, these ants usually construct their nests in wall voids and crevices around sinks, cupboards, window frames and in wall outlets. Outside they prefer the voids between retaining wall blocks, slate retaining walls and matted Mulch. Anything that can provide shelter. They can often be seen trailing along the foundation wall where the soil and foundation meet.

These ants prefer sweets but also eat foods high in protein content and grease such as meats and cheese

Little Brown Bats

THE LITTLE BROWN BAT

The little brown bat is a species of mouse-eared bat that is the common bat seen in this area. It is dark brown in color. It is only 2.5 to 4 inches long, and only weighs one half ounce. The wingspan outstretched can be 11 inches.

They sleep during the day. Thy hunt by night. The little brown bat’s diet consists of insects, Beetles, Moths, Spiders and Mosquitos. They feed in flight. Bats use Echolocation to find their prey, which makes it easy to find their prey in the dark. These bats can consume half their body weight each night. It’s habit of eating Mosquitos is the reason some people install bat houses on their property. This also may dissuade them from making a home in your attic.
If they do enter your house to roost, we at Guardian can get rid of them for you by exclusion. There are specific Months of the year that we, as pest Management Professionals, are allowed to do exclusions. April and August 1st thru October 15.

Brown Bats hibernate in the winter Months. Their hibernation cycle can last from four to six months.

BUG OF THE MONTH – Spotted Lantern Fly

THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

Spotted Lanternflies are Plant hoppers from the order Hemiptera like our native aphids, cicadas, or leafhoppers. We have many native species of plant hoppers in the US. Spotted Lanternflies, however, are native to countries in South East Asia.

They cannot bite. Their mouthparts, which are fused into a straw-like beak, called a proboscis that they insert into plant tissue to suck up sap are not capable of penetrating human skin. They prefer tree of heaven, walnuts and grape vines as a first choice, most any other hardwood tree as a second choice and less frequently, pine trees. Often on a given property, amongst trees of the same species, there will be a preferred specimen, meaning that of three Silver Maple trees, one is covered with Lanternflies, and the remaining two are not. This is what we call a “hot tree”.

They take advantage of any structure to rest or climb on. They also like to gather on a warm house surface when the weather is cool. They cannot damage a house. They can leave “sooty mold” and egg mass residue. When you see a black coating beneath a tree infested with spotted lanternflies, you are actually looking at a fungus called “sooty mold” that is growing on the sugar rich honeydew dripping from the spotted lanternflies in the tree above.

Several years ago they were discovered in Berks County, PA. They probably arrived as an egg mass, stuck to some packaging material and were not noticed by the recipient. They were first detected in September 2014. Since then they have been breeding and spreading.

They hatch in the spring as wingless nymphs. The nymphs hop around and feed, molting several times before their final molt into adults that can fly. In the first three stages, nymphs are black with white spots and can be easy to overlooked, as they are small and look somewhat like ants. In the fourth stage, the nymphs are more conspicuous as they are larger and red in coloration. The final molt into adults begins somewhere around the third week of July, but individuals can remain in the late nymph stage as late as October. The adults then begin to migrate out to new areas from the end of July through October. Around the third week in September, they begin mating, and then they lay eggs. The eggs are laid in groups and the groups are contained in a plaster-like covering in masses. The adults will continue to feed intermittently after egg laying, and hang around until a heavy frost kills them. Each Egg mass usually contains 30 to 50 eggs a female can lay 2-3 egg masses before they die.

Spotted Lanternflies can fly very well. They are not agile like a dragonfly or housefly, but more like a moth. They can fly relatively high and far, but not with any great level of agility. They also tend to crash land.

Our Treatment for the Spotted Lanternfly consists of using a systemic pesticide on the trunk and base of the infested Tree. Systemic insecticides are absorbed into the tree, killing the insects feeding on the sap of the tree.

Bats

7/14/20

 

Bats are a nuisance pest no one wants to deal with.  The State of NJ has specific guidelines for us to work with to protect bats (see attached guidelines) during their maternity phase.  We can help out if they are in your living space, but cannot exclude them from your attic during their maternity phase.  Check out this link to Rutgers Wildlife Publication https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs1207/ for more info on bats and the benefits of bats in the environment.

Bat exclusion info

Is is termites or ants?

This is the time of year that termites swarm.  Unfortunately, ants also swarm in the spring and summer.  How can you tell the difference?  Ants have 3 parts to their bodies and are easily recognizable by their segmented bodies.  Termites have straight antennae out of the top of their head while ants have bent antennae out the side of their head.  Guardian can help with services for either instance.  Contact the office at 856-768-3330 to schedule a service.

 

Termites!

Did you know that termites are active all year long?  Termites swarm in the springtime.  The main purpose of the termite during the swarm is to find a mate and start a new colony of termites in a new location.  When a homeowner experiences a swarm, it is a visible sign they have termites.  But termites are active all year long, and leave behind evidence such as mud tubes to let their presence be known.  To find out if you could have termites, contact us at 856-768-3330 and we can do a Peace of Mind Inspection for $75.  This is a full inspection of your home to help you protect your home from termite infestation.  Guardian remains committed to protecting your Home, Health & Environment.

Termites swarming on a walkway

Mosquito Control

With the warm weather finally starting to settle in and the ability to enjoy the beautiful weather, it is the time of year to start thinking about mosquito control.  There is nothing more frustrating than trying to relax outside and enjoy family time only to be bothered by the mosquitoes.  Guardian offers monthly and bi-weekly mosquito control services from May through September to help control the mosquito population at your home.  Guardian is committed to protecting your Home, Health & Environment.  Contact the office at 856-768-3330 to get pricing for mosquito control services.

 

General Pest Control

While spring is slow to arrive with the weather changing back and forth from warm to chilly, I wanted to outline some of the services we offer.  In this time of social distancing and sheltering place, there are still issues with bugs in general.  We offer several options for helping relieve the issues of pests in your home.

 

  • One Time Service for ants, spiders, crickets, clover mites and other general pest control issues.  We offer a 30 day warranty for this service.
  • Carpenter Bee Control – 90 warranty
  • Carpenter Ant Control – 90 day warranty
  • Flea & Tick Spray – no warranty can be offered on this service
  • Mosquito Spray – no warranty can be offered for this service
  • Quarterly Pest Control Services – 90 day warranty between services

 

Call the office at 856-768-3330 for pricing and to schedule.

Animal Control is still an issue for several people.  Raccoons have invaded a customers attic, causing damage in the soffit and nesting in the attic insulation.  I have personally experienced issues with squirrels nesting under my solar panels. They came out and trapped for squirrels and removed the nesting materials from underneath the solar panels.  It is always fascinating to watch Mike working on the roof without fear. Since nesting under solar panels has become such an issue for many, Guardian is now offering quarterly solar panel checks for animal control.  This includes removing any nesting materials under your solar panels. Call the office at 856-768-3330 to schedule.

Animal Control

3/24/2020

 

Are you tired of rabbits and deer eating your plants?  We have deer around the office that keep eating the plants around our building.  The owner has been having an issue with rabbits eating his plants around his house.

 

Guardian has been using an all natural product called Yard Gard to help repel moles for the past 2 years for our customers.  Mike decided to try using that same product around the office and his home to see if it would help with the rabbits and deer eating the plants…..and he is thrilled with the results.

 

If you would like more information on the Yard Gard product, please call the office at 856-768-3330 and we will be happy to help.