Brood X The 17 year Cicada

Brood X has not been above ground since 2004. After this spring, it will disappear again for 17 more years!

Annual cicadas emerge every year. Others, called periodical cicadas appear at either 13 or 17 year intervals. They live most of their lives underground and only emerge to mate. So if you hear the “summertime” sound of cicadas buzzing in the trees, let’s give them a break. Don’t panic. They won’t attack and they don’t bite. Many will become food for the very large cicada killer wasp! If you see the wasps digging holes in your lawn, you can call for help with them.

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What’s crawling around at night?

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If you have outdoor structures around your home such as low decks, sheds, detached garages, chances are that you could have critters trying to get in them.  Animals need protection from the elements.  And what better place than under your shed or deck or in your attic or shed?  Overwintering is very common and many animals, such as raccoons, are opportunistic or will even create an access if the structure is not sealed up good and tight.

Wildlife exclusion, trapping and relocation, one-way door installation, and using a quality trail-cam are just some of the tools of our trade used by Pest Free Solutions.  We are experts and have the tools and ability to help you determine not only what is around your home, but also what is the right method to be used in your specific situation.

Can you buy a trap at the local big box store and do it yourself?  Yes you can.  But what do you do if you catch it?  Did you find all of the openings and access points?  Did you seal everything up?  Did you know a raccoon can fit it’s hand through the trap openings and grab or scratch your hand?  If there is a doubt in your mind, don’t go it alone!

Whether your concern is a squirrel, raccoon, ground hog or any other critter, give us a call to find out how we can help.  We service southern New Jersey in Burlington and Camden Counties.  Call now at 856-581-3727.

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Ants! What to do if you see them…

Ants send out foragers to find food and water.  If you see a few random ants, they are foraging, looking for food or water.  They probably didn’t find anything yet.  Just wipe them up, along with wiping down the entire area.  Ants leave a pheromone trail so by wiping the area, you remove the trail.  This will make it hard for more ants to follow.

If you find a trail of ants going back and forth, then that means the foragers found food or water and told the other ants.  They are all following the pheromone trail.  In this case, don’t touch them!  If you are a client, call or text us immediately.  If you are not a client, you have two choices.  Call us at 856-581-3727 or try to handle it by yourself.

Trying it on your own?  Ok.  First you need to get real close to the ants.  Get down and look to see them walking either to the food or back to the colony.  It would seem if you see them carrying something they are probably heading back to the colony to share the bounty.  That’s good.  The goal is to find the trail and follow it to the gap in the window, door, floor or wherever they are going.  If it leads outside, follow it.  You may find them on the outside.

If you follow them outside, or if you first saw them trailing outside, you may be getting close to the colony.  If you bought gel baits, place them outside NEXT to the trail.  You want them to find the bait.  You do not want to block the path.  The goal here is to bait them on the exterior NOT the interior.  The best thing would be to bait and draw the foragers outside not inside.  If they are only on the inside, follow them to the gap, crack, or wherever they are coming and going out of and bait there.  A pea sized spot, or read the directions on the packaging, depending on what you purchased.  If there is too much bait done inside, you are only attracting more to that area.  You want to treat as close to the colony as possible and as far from your kitchen as possible.  You really don’t want them there right?

One mistake I see people make all the time is that they put bait on the counter, in the cabinets, on the floors, etc. and they leave it there.  Once the ants are gone, pick it up! Otherwise, you are only leaving bait for future ants to find.  While the hope is that they will find it and share it with the colony, wouldn’t you rather not attract them back to the kitchen in the first place?

But I want to use a liquid spray.  Ok.  There are many products on the market for use indoors and outdoors.  They do kill on contact, but they also repel.  What I mean is, they contain a repellent.  Look at the label.  If the active ingredient name ends in “thrine,” it is a pyrethrine and that is a repellent.  No problem if you are spraying around your foundation in early spring.  But if you use it anywhere else, at the wrong time, you could be trapping them IN YOUR HOUSE!  Or maybe you are causing them to go around the chemical you sprayed thus you are spreading the problem.  Did you ever notice after spraying that they no longer show up in that area but now showed up someplace else?  Started in the kitchen but now are in the bathroom or dinning room?  Guess what you did.

Some ants can nest indoors or outdoors, like the odorous house ant.  Others, like the pavement ant, usually nest on the outside.  It is important to know the difference.  This can help identify where they are most likely hiding.  Odorous house ants actually have an odor.  Yep, that is where the name comes from.  Want to try something?  Find an ant.  Pick it up with your fingers and crush it, then smell it.  An odorous house ant has a kind of coconut-citrus smell.  Most other ants in our area have no smell at all.  Cool right?  Ok, maybe not to you but it does help.  If you don’t want to go around smelling ants, just call us.  We will do it for you.

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Ants of Southern New Jersey

In our area, the most common ants we see are odorous house ants, pavement ants, carpenter ants, and acrobat ants.  We also have pharoah ants but not as often.  This is a good thing because pharoah ants can have populations in the tens of thousands and will spread, called budding, if treated incorrectely.

It is important to identify the type of ant before attempting treatment.  If we know the type of ant, we can figure out most likely where it lives, where it is comming from and how to treat it.  Just randomly spraying chemicals around your home or business is not going to work long term and it may make the problem worse!

If you want to try pest control yourself and use an over the counter bait the first time you see ants to save money, that’s fine.  But be sure to wipe down the area because ants leave a pheromone trail that is used to help the colony find the food source.  If you don’t kill the entire colony, they will be back!  If the problem continues, call a professional exterminator.

Remember, ants like the carpenter ant attack wet and decaying wood.  If you find carpenter ants in your home, it may be a sign that you have a plumbing, window frame, or roof leaks in your home.  A pest control professional can help you locate all sorts of problems while doing an inspection.

Choosing to work with a professional may actually save you money, and grief, in the long run.  Hiring an Associate Certified Entomolgist is even better.  We can help identify the problem and provide the solution.  Don’t you want to be Pest Free?

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It’s Bat Week!

Bat conservation is so important!  Check out this organization to learn more and to build your own bat houses!

Bat Week

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Wanna Hug a Bug?

cute insects


Did you ever want to hug a bug?  I’m not even sure how that’s done.  Check out this article and the great close-up pictures and tell me what you think.

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Cicadas are coming…and now they are gone.


Do you know who I am?  Do you know what I am?  You may have heard about me and my friends in the news.  There are many varieties of us.  The cicadas that are most often in the news, of course, are the 17 year cicada.  This means I only emerge from my underground hibernation after a 17 year retreat.  This is my exoskeleton.


Here are images of my transition.  It starts when I emerge from the ground and climb a tree.

You can read more about us at wikipedia.  Yes, we have a wiki!!!

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Bug Guide – Mantis

Hello again.  Say hello to my little friend!

We would like to introduce you to an excellent website and resource for information and insect identification.  They even have a ID request form where you can send in a photo, and the online community will help identify the little bugger!  Check them out.

According to the website:

We are an online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures.  We enjoy the opportunity to instill in others the fascination and appreciation that we share for the intricate lives of these oft-maligned creatures.

Our Mission

Using the best resources we have access to, we are creating a knowledge base to help each other and the online community.

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