Monday, September 27, 2010
Move Over Bedbugs: Stink Bugs Have Landed
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Termites in the Fall? You bet.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Pigeons force Kins of Leon off stage!
Why is bird proofing so important? Check the link below to find out the latest pigeon story and where they have been causing some trouble - you might be surprised:
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Bedbug Epidemic on the Rise
News 4 NY aired two stories last night about the increasing bedbug activity in New York City, so we thought we'd share them with you. Please keep in mind while you're watching these stories, that bedbug sniffing dogs aren't the only way to find bed bugs in your home...you can call Horizon at 201-447-2530 for a free inspection by our trained, non-shedding, hypo-allergenic, two-legged inspectors!
If you're simply wondering what you can do to prevent bedbugs from getting into your home, here are some things you can do to protect yourself from getting bedbugs:
- Before booking a hotel room, you may want to read user reviews of the particular hotel and location - frequently, guests who've had bug problems report them online. Bear in mind that a report about one hotel does not mean the issue wasn't isolated to one room, or that hotel management hasn't since exterminated.
- Peel back the bedsheets and check the mattress, running your fingers along the upper and lower seams. Make sure to check the mattress tag, since bed bugs often hide there.
- Removing and examine the headboard, if possible. Check for tiny black spots (excrement) that are smaller than poppy seeds. You may also see translucent light brown skins or, in the case of an infestation, live bugs.
- Check near the bed. At the bedside table, look for signs of bed bugs in the drawers and along the wall on the side of the bed that is less likely to be disturbed by cleaning staff and guests. Even check behind pictures hanging near the bed: If they're attached to the wall, tap on them to see if anything falls from behind.
- Elevate suitcases and keep them off the floor by using provided luggage stands.
- If you see powder in the drawers or on the headboard, it is likely that the room has already been treated for bed bugs by an exterminator, but check with the front desk.
- If bed bugs are detected, you should request for another room. Be sure to inform hotel management.
- Just moving to a different room may not be the total answer. You should repeat the thorough inspection of any new or different room you are offered.
- When you pack to leave, inspect your luggage carefully first, and inspect every item as you pack to help detect any bugs or their signs. Laundering most cloth items with typical hot water and detergent followed by drying on low heat for at least 20 minutes (or standard dry cleaning) should kill all bed bugs in or on such items. Sealing freshly-laundered items inside a plastic bag should help keep any more bed bugs from getting in those items later to hide (and be carried back with you).
Thursday, July 1, 2010
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
What's crawling on your keyboard?
- Be sure to clean your work area when you leave at night using antibacterial surface cleanser. Wipe down your key board and your phone and the surface of your desk.
- Make sure you do not leave food in or around your desk that is not properly sealed.
- Take the trash out nightly - especially it contains left overs.
- And of course, wash your hands throughout the day.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Would you have ever guessed...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Starlings, Pigeons and Sparrows....Oh My!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Holy Mosquitoes Batman!
The mosquitoes are out and about and they are letting us know it! The weather has been wet and damp...a flying-blood-sucker utopia! Over this past weekend we spent a lot of time outdoors and the mosquitoes were constantly crashing our party! Between the declining bat population and the very wet spring - mosquitoes are thriving. To give you an idea of just how much bats help control the mosquito population - here's a little factoid: A single bat can consume more than 3,000 mosquitoes in just one summer night.
Here at Horizon, we expected populations to be at an all time high this summer...which is why we rolled out our new Block Party Mosquito program. This program offers our mosquito protection plan at a deep discount. All you need to sign up is 4 other participating houses in your neighborhood to participate. By proactively treating your neighborhood for mosquitoes, you will dramatically reduce the populations - not just in your yard- but in the other yards that surround your home! Your Block Party Program will collectively help your neighborhood stay protected from growing mosquito populations.
Take the BITE out of your sunny days and make sure you claim your deck and yard before those pesky mosquitoes do!
Check out more info on our declining bat populations here:
Monday, April 26, 2010
The Importance of Pest Management...
I went out to dinner to a favorite spot with some friends. It was the kind of place where the owner knows your face. Dinner was off to an amazing start! Drinks and appetizers were all delicious as usual. I ordered the seared yellow fin tuna. My first bite - amazing. The second...even better...when all of a sudden, a roach crawled out from under my tuna steak and flipped itself over on my plate. My face went white as I watched the roach's legs squirm on my plate in a struggle to flip itself over. I get the chills just writing about it. I was totally paralyzed. One of my friends saw my face and came over to pick up my plate and deliver it to the waiter. Mortified - the waiter came over...then the owner. I had to excuse myself because I was pretty upset. While I was gone, the owner sat at our table and apologized and tried to assure us that this has never happened before and would never happen again. Of course, no one finished their dinner and the offer for a new set of entrees was refused. As was desert. We still had bottles of wine on the table so we sat around for a few minutes. Our entire check was comped...but there is nothing that that restaurant owner can do to erase that image from our minds. Nor can he stop us from telling the story over and over again to everyone we know.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
April is National Pest Control Month
“When most people think of pests, they likely think of the ‘ick-factor’ associated with an infestation, but few people consider the serious health and property threats that pests like termites, mosquitoes, cockroaches, rodents and stinging insects can pose,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.
Some pests, including termites, rodents and ants can cause costly damage to the structure of a home. Termites and carpenter ants have the ability to chew through wood beams, walls, floors and even wallpaper. Rodents can spark house fires if they gnaw through electrical wiring or build nests close to heat sources.
Other pests, like cockroaches, mosquitoes and stinging insects pose health threats to humans. Cockroach allergens are known to trigger asthmas attacks, especially in children. Mosquitoes, meanwhile, can carry West Nile virus and stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year.
“During National Pest Management Month, the NPMA encourages homeowners to learn more about pest management and to take steps to prevent infestations before they occur,” says Henriksen. “Pest pressure increases significantly in spring and summer, which is why simple measures like sealing cracks and crevices around the home, keeping kitchen counters and floors clean and free of crumbs, sealing garbage cans and eliminating sources of still-standing water on your property now can go a long way in preventing pests from making a home in yours.”
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Wind Storm Disrupted Pests Along with Branches
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Horizon Educates Students on Insects & Shows Live Madagascar Hissing Roaches at Super Science Saturday
Our interactive exhibit at the area’s largest science fair featured Madagascar Hissing Roaches that attendees could touch and hold, as well as a live tarantula, which we kept safe in an observation habitat…for obvious reasons! It was exciting to see so many people approach the roaches with trepidation, but then, upon seeing their mild demeanor, muster the courage to pet them. Our team was eager to answer any and all questions…from ‘what does the tarantula eat’ to ‘how many roaches are in there’ to ‘can I have one?!’ For those less inclined to be near live insects, we also displayed preserved specimens of common pests and the damage they can create.
Many students and their parents also attended our new presentation, titled ‘How Do Such Small Pests Cause Such BIG problems’, which covers diseases and illnesses caused by pests and their global impact. From Malaria killing 3000 children a day over 1/3 of the world to Lyme’s Disease threatening us here in the United States, we discussed how the economy, weather and local demographics can affect how pests interact with humans with negative outcomes.
For more information on Horizon’s community outreach programs, please visit us at http://www.horizonpestcontrol.com/ or contact email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
ABOUT THE COMPANY
New Jerseyans rely on Horizon Pest Control to protect their health and homes from pests. Our services are effective and safe. Our service technicians are State certified. Our service guarantee gives peace of mind to our customers. Would you like to sell for Horizon? Read on.
ABOUT THE POSITION
We are seeking entrepreneurial sales professionals who enjoy the challenge and reward of hunting and closing new business. You will be responsible for prospecting, and solving often complex problems utilizing a technical, consultative approach, and closing new business in the form of customer-specific pest management programs and home services.You will receive company-provided leads, while aggressively self-generating leads, and developing your sales territory. Our ideal candidates are independent and analytical, with strong problem solving skills. We prefer college graduates with technical or business degrees, and demonstrable accomplishments selling to home owners.
Minimum 2 years sales experience with a stable work history
Experience in pest management, security services, home improvement, and/or other industries selling directly to home owners is preferred
Proven prospecting, presentation, negotiation and closing skills
Skill using MS Office, Internet/Email, and CRM software
Valid driver's license and drug-free
Generous Base Pay + Commissions / Health Insurance + Paid Vacations + Sick Days
HOW TO APPLY
You bring your sales acumen, we will train you in our business. Curious? Apply now to learn more.
Monday, March 1, 2010
You're not seeing things...
Snow fleas are actually tiny insects which come out on warm, sunny days to eat decayed plant material or sap oozing from the tree. They hop around acting like fleas and that's where they get their name, snow "fleas." They're not fleas though, but actually an arthropod called Collembola (kol-LEM-bo-la) or commonly called springtails which measure about 1/8 inch (2mm) long. They have a very unique catapult system to get around. Two "tails" on their back end are tucked up underneath their belly, held in place by tiny "hooks." When the springtail wants to move, they just release the spring-loaded "tails," called furcula, which hit the snow and send them flying into the air. Since snow fleas can't conrol their flight or direction, they frequently land in the same spot or only a few inches away.
These are not just winter critters. You can find them any time of year in the forest living in the leaf litter stuck to the underside of leaves or on the surface of the soil, chomping on bits of rotting vegetation. They also live on the surface of ponds. You'd have to look very closely to see them here because they blend in well and are so tiny.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Footprints in the Snow
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
As small as a quarter or dime...that's all!
Monday, January 18, 2010
To Do-It-Yourself or call a Pro...
Hello friends and happy Monday to you...
How many of you like to "do-it-yourself?" It seems that more and more with everyone pinching pennies and the infinite amount of info that the World WILD Web provides us, we are more capable than EVER to do everything ourselves. Not only are there endless articles - but YouTube.com provides "how to" videos on pretty much anything you can think of...everything from applying false eyelashes to changing oil in your car. And it's all FREE. But when is it time to draw the do-it-yourself line and call a pro?
Well, we have some interesting news for you today on the do-it-yourself front. Recently a study was released about bed bugs...and we'd love to hear what you think about it. As you may or may not know, bed bugs are extremely costly and difficult to get rid of once they've decided to make your bed their home. They know no boundaries...and there are epidemics occurring all across the states...from New York, to Ohio, to Seattle. They have been found in the dingiest of hotels, 5 star hotels, college dorms, ritzy neighborhoods and beyond. The consensus has always been: if you think you have bed bugs, call a professional immediately - no exceptions. However, a recent study at Rutgers University has revealed a way for people to take care of their own bed bug problems without the help of a pro. They've developed a way to trap the little blood suckers - it costs about 20 bucks - but takes A LOT of patience. Check out what they have to say and please, tell us: What would you do if you had bed bugs? Would you call a pro or would you do-it-yourself?
You can check out the ScienceNews article here: http://tinyurl.com/y8vjwf8
OR read here:
NEW BRUNSWICK (WABC) -- It just might be the solution to the bed bug infestation that's exploded in the city the last couple years. And what's more, you can do it yourself. And the cost? Less than 20 bucks. It may look like an ordinary cooler, some dry ice, some talcum powder and, an upside down pet dish. But one Rutgers professor says when combined these four ingredients can take a big bite out of a bed bug infestation. "It's a very exciting discovery." Dr. Changlu Wang heads up the urban entomology department at Rutgers University . There, he's been studying bed bugs for nearly 3 years. He knows how quickly, even the smallest bed bug can put a bite on a
victim. You can see, in just seconds, it turns blood red as it feeds, then when done after only a few minutes, it scampers away to hide. Leaving behind? Ugly, itchy bites. Dr. Wang's bed bug trap starts with an ordinary pet bowl - turned upside down. But, the key ingredient? Dry ice. Key, because it releases carbon dioxide or C-O-2. "Carbon dioxide draws bed bugs," says Dr. Wang.
"From the room to the bed." We release carbon dioxide every time we breathe. And Dr. Wang says that rings the dinner bell for bed bugs. So how do you build a bed bug trap of your own? First, use any kind of fabric and line the outside of the pet bowl. This will make it easier for the bugs to climb up. Once over the side they get caught in the middle area. Dr. Wang says you should brush
it with talcum powder. That will make it slippier so the bugs can't escape. Lastly, fill a small cooler - or even a coffee travel mug with dry ice and open the top to let a little C-O-2 vapor escape. And place it in the middle of the over-turned pet dish. The best news? Total cost? Less than $15.
Chang put it to the test when we were there. First, he filled the cooler with dry ice and opened the top to let a little C-O-2 escape. And put it in the middle of the upside down pet dish.
Then he set loose about 10 bed bugs and left the room. Just three minutes later, a third of the bed bugs, attracted by the dry ice, started scaling the pet dish's side and falling into the trap. Dr. Wang wasn't surprised, he used the technique in many contaminated apartments. He says after just one night, one trap he used caught 500 bed bugs. "It is a very useful and can be very valuable too because it is very easy to do."
One note, Dr. Wang says in order to be effective, you have to leave the trap in the room alone for as long as a week. That means humans should limit their time in the room since they breathe out C-0-2, and will compete with the trap. Also, put in new dry ice and empty the trap about every 8 to 10 hours. Right now there's no patent pending for this device. But Wang says one of the big pest companies had taken note and might be coming out with it's own at home kit.
Click here to see some short videos on bed bugs:
For more information - visit www.horizonpestcontrol.com OR give us call at 201-447-2530.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Do Mosquitoes Fly South for the Winter?
One might think that the silver lining in the arctic weather we've been having is that some of those skeeters won't make it through...it just has to be too cold, right? Well, unfortunately, we won’t see any reduction worth noting in mosquito populations come spring time, because they’re incredibly adept at survival.
Many mosquito species live through the winter as adults. Even if the adults don't make it, the eggs, or larvae, can survive in stagnant water. Interestingly, the males never have to suffer the cold. In fall, the mosquitoes mate, and the males die: Only females spend the cold months hidden in protected places, such as underground in animal burrows. When warm weather returns, the females must first find a blood meal (us humans!) to develop her eggs. Just when you're outside enjoying the spring weather, the newly awakened mosquito moms are out in force, looking for blood. Once they've fed, the female mosquitoes lay their eggs in whatever standing water they can find, and the process starts anew.
So, is there a silver lining in all of this? We take comfort in knowing they only live 2 weeks once they hatch...and we know where they hide!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Going above and beyond…because we can!
Peter Kollinok, who has been with Horizon for 5 years as a commercial technician, was selected to be our first candidate. He took this assignment very seriously, studied hard and passed on his first attempt….Great Job Peter! If you’re one of our lucky clients to have Peter as your technician, please be sure to congratulate him the next time you see him!
For more information on IPM, please visit our website by clicking on the following link: http://www.horizonpestcontrol.com/quality-assurance.php .
Monday, January 4, 2010
Horizon is a Google Maps Favorite Place!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope this post finds you well!
I wanted to take a minute to announce that there is even more good news for Horizon today! We are officially a Google Maps Favorite Place - and we are so EXCITED about it! Basically, it means that we are a cool kid on the Google Maps search engine....and we have YOU to thank for it! Over the past few months - we have been searched for so many times, we qualified to become a favorite place.
I bet you're wondering how selective was Google in selecting the businesses to receive the decal...and here's what they have to say about it:
"Over 100,000 businesses were identified as Favorite Places, representing less than 1% of the 28 million U.S. businesses. We believe that our standards for selecting businesses are as selective or more selective than other companies which have run similar initiatives."
If you want to learn more about favorite places - you can click on the link below. :)