As temperatures begin to fall, pests start looking for warm places to spend the winter. Your building may be an attractive option. Once inside, they will start colonies and before too long you will have a full-blown infestation.
New Jersey Fall Pests
The Norway Rat
These omnivorous, disease-carrying rodents are common and can build colonies in a few weeks. They can enter buildings through holes that are less than an inch wide. They are nocturnal so daytime sightings indicate an extensive infestation.
Box Elder Bugs
These fall pests do not carry disease or bite but they are a nuisance. Box elder bugs are about half an inch long and are black with orange markings. Their droppings can stain surfaces and since they feed on plant fluids, they may harm your plants.
Like the other pests on this list, these insects will enter your property to wait out the winter and may even breed. Crickets can get into your walls and can also cause damage to upholstery and fabric. Crickets are known carriers of certain diseases and therefore an infestation is a health threat.
DIY methods may catch some of the pests in your building; however, it is unlikely that they will affect large infestations. To keep fall pests from overwintering in your building, you will need the services of a professional. Stern Environmental has the tools and expertise to remove insects and rodents and to prevent winter infestations.
Cave crickets are common in the New Jersey-New York area. As their name implies, these insects prefer cool, dark, damp, cave-like places and are often discovered hiding in building basements. Unlike noisy, black field crickets, cave crickets are light in color, usually a pale brown, and do not chirp.
These creepy-looking nocturnal insects have large, 2-inch long bodies, huge hind legs and long antennae that help them navigate in the dark. With hum0pbacked bodies and spidery legs, cave crickets may also be called camel or spider crickets. Wingless, they use their powerful hind legs to jump high and far; but they typically use their long legs to walk from place to place.
Outdoors, cave crickets live under rocks, boards, logs or damp leaves. Considered “accidental invaders,” they sometimes wander into building basements where their odd defense mechanism can be frightening. While these insects are harmless, when attacked cave crickets launch themselves at you, landing on your clothes and person. It is believed that they do this to make predators think they are larger and fiercer than they are.
The cave cricket’s typical diet includes dead insects, decayed plant matter and fungi; but when these omnivores invade buildings they can damage fabrics and curtains. Good at hiding, cave crickets can be difficult to get rid of. For professional removal, contact a licensed NJ pest control company like Stern Environmental.