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New Jersey has a relatively moderate climate and a large portion of homeowners are near some body of water, either on the Atlantic coast or the Delaware River. Summers in New Jersey usually include high levels of humidity. All of these factors result in a wide variety of pests that will make their way into your home. To help prepare you for the critters you might face, below you will find some of the most common pests found in the Garden State.
Fleas are a major pest in New Jersey, especially for pet owners. If your pets spend a significant amount of time outdoors, they are very susceptible to fleas. In New Jersey, the cat flea is the most common culprit. These insects don?t discriminate among animals and will happily reside on dogs, cats, squirrels and more. Cat fleas can easily enter your home on your pet and though they don't live on humans, they will bite, leaving an itchy, unpleasant bump. Sand fleas are also common in New Jersey because of the state?s extensive coastline. Fortunately, sand fleas are primarily a problem on the beach and rarely end up in your home, but their itchy bite is a nuisance.
Clover mites are also a common pest in New Jersey. These bugs are very small in size, with a circular shape and reddish color. Clover mites usually appear in the spring and fall and make their way into your house through small cracks around windows and floorboards. Fortunately, these pests pose no threat to humans or your pets, but they can stain walls and rugs when crushed and are generally a nuisance to have inside your home.
Unfortunately, cockroaches are also a major concern in New Jersey. In this state, several different species of cockroaches can be found. The German, American and Oriental cockroach are all common in New Jersey. The German cockroach is most often found near sources of food. You may see these pests appear more often in the kitchen, especially if crumbs are to be found. Both the German and American cockroach are brownish-red in color, and the main distinction between them is that the American cockroach is much larger. The Oriental cockroach is dark brown and can fly. The Oriental and American cockroach prefer damp areas such as basements or bathrooms.
New Jersey homeowners may also encounter a number of different spiders. Two of the most common species you are likely to face are the wolf spider and the yellow sac spider. The wolf spider is a large, hairy arachnid. This species is not poisonous, but they have a slight resemblance to a tarantula, and can therefore be very frightening to encounter. Even though they are not poisonous, they still occasionally bite and are generally very unpleasant to have in your home. The yellow sac spider is also common in New Jersey. These spiders are only about ¼ inch and are a creamy yellow color. Unfortunately, this particular species is very aggressive and known to commonly bite humans. If bitten by one of these spiders, you should seek medical treatment right away.
Silverfish and earwigs are both commonly found in New Jersey homes. Silverfish prefer moist areas such as basements or bathrooms and primarily come out at nighttime. They have a fish-like shape and are grayish-silver in color with pinchers. Though they are not poisonous, they can pinch you and can leave marks or stains on items in your home such as linens or drapes. Silverfish feed on a variety of household items and food, but they can also survive for long periods of time without eating. Earwigs are in many ways similar to silverfish. They have a similar shaped body with pinchers but are reddish brown to black in color. Earwigs prefer cooler temperatures and moist areas, but are more commonly an outdoor problem than inside your home. However, they will sometimes move indoors in search of water or cooler temperatures. Earwigs will also pinch if threatened and can emit an unpleasant odor, but they are generally harmless.
These are just a few of the common pests in New Jersey. Other pests such as rodents, ants, moths and termites are also very prevalent. Anytime you are facing a pest problem, Terminix pest control experts will help devise a safe and effective treatment plan to eliminate these unwanted intruders.
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