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Keeping Your Home Rodent Free with Dial's HomeCareⓇ Plan

RodentsWe all know from history that rodents carry diseases that can be harmful or even deadly to the human population. Remember learning about the bubonic plague in junior high? Although the chances of a mouse or rat carrying the Bubonic plague in New Jersey are slim to none, these small furry creatures will leave your searching for pest control near me once the first droppings are found.  However, some severe health risks come with having a mouse in the house. Cold outside temperatures in the winter months drive these warm-blooded animals to take up residence in warmer locations, like your house or shed. They may bring bacteria and disease into your home and put your family at risk. Rat and Mouse prevention is the most important first step for anyone trying to keep their home rodent free. Let's take a look at some of the disease-carrying mice and rats found in...
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Spiders Found in North Jersey

SpidersNew Jersey is home to several interesting spider species, most of which are harmless. However, some spiders are armed with a poisonous venom that could cause serious health consequences to pets, children, and adults who have been ill. Let’s talk about the spiders found in North Jersey and see which you should be wary of.  House Spiders The most common type of spider found in North Jersey is house spiders. They are the daddy long leg varieties that spin webs in the dark corners. The two most common types of house spiders are the Opiliones arachnids, also known as harvestmen, and the Phocidae, commonly called cellar spiders. House spiders serve a useful purpose in the grand scheme of things. If you have houseplants, house spiders will keep insects that nibble on your garden in check. They catch those annoying flies in mid-wing. They even are quite the decorative accent during Halloween....
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What's TermaPlus? A Deep Dive into Dial's TermaPlus Pest Preventative Program

TermaPlusDial Environmental concentrates on keeping pests outside where they belong, so you can trust the TermaPlus system to protect your home. Here’s everything you need to know about the TermaPlus Pest Preventative Program. TermaPlus Program Benefits Why should you choose TermaPlus? Benefits range from peace of mind to better property values. Peace of Mind Hearing mice skittering around in the attic or seeing bugs coming in through the windows doesn’t create a relaxing home environment. By employing the TermaPlus program, you can enjoy a clean and protected home without worrying about pests finding a way in. Proactive Approach Many homeowners don’t notice bug problems until the pests are already established. But TermaPlus’s proactive approach is preventative rather than reactive. Instead of applying toxic sprays and chemicals to your home and property, you can take a few simple steps to keep bugs from coming near in the first place. Ongoing Support Because...
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What's the Difference Between Bees and Wasps?

BeesWarm temperatures and never-ending days are some of the best things about summer, but the proliferation of biting and stinging pests, like bees and wasps, is a warm-weather bonus we could do without. The jarring sound of these insects buzzing around puts a serious damper on outdoor activities. The vastly different personalities of bees and wasps means knowing how to distinguish them is critical to staying safe at your next picnic since they require you to take distinct precautions. How to Distinguish Bees from Wasps Despite being frequently lumped into the same category, bees and wasps are actually quite different. Once you understand a few of their key characteristics, it’s easy to distinguish bees from wasps, or yellow jackets, as they’re more commonly known. Body Shape Their body shape is the simplest way to tell them apart. If you get a little closer—though we’re not advocating getting too close—you’ll notice there...
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Lawn & Plant Health Care Tips

LawncareNothing rivals a beautiful, vibrant lawn and well-kept trees and plants. A healthy yard adds aesthetic appeal to your home and is the perfect place for your kids to play, but attaining the ideal landscape requires care and dedication. Here are some of our top lawn and plant health care tips to get you started. Tips and Best Practices for Lawn Health Caring for your lawn is simple, but there are some things you need to know. Here are some tips and best practices for homeowners to get their lawn’s health in tip-top shape. Effective Watering Water is critical to attaining lush grass, but did you know there’s a correct way to water your lawn? Follow these general watering guidelines for well-hydrated grass. Instead of turning on the sprinklers a little bit every day, deep soak your lawn two or three times per summer. Water between 3 am and 6 am...
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Best Ways to Protect Your Yard from Pests in the Summer

Lawn CareGiven its moderate climate and abundant vegetation, it's no surprise that Northern New Jersey is home to dozens if not hundreds of species, many of which are mainly active in the spring and summer months. While silverfish, crickets, and cockroaches are certainly pervasive, stinging and biting insects like mosquitoes, ticks, ants, and wasps pose a serious risk to kids and pets who want nothing more than to play outside. What’s more, burrowing creatures such as mice and rats can damage plants, trees, and even structures like garden sheds and garages. Given that the average homeowner spends around $5,000 on landscaping, plus the cost of mowing, fertilizing and watering, it's easy to see why protecting that investment from destructive insects and animals should be a priority. How to Protect Your Yard Keeping your yard pest-free during the summer and all year long will protect your investment in and ensure your family has...
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How to Keep Mosquitoes Away from Your Yard

MosquitoMosquitoes can be more than just a minor annoyance around the yard. Each year, more than one million people worldwide die due to diseases carried by mosquito populations. It can be difficult to protect yourself against bites, and so the best way to keep yourself and your family safe is by eliminating mosquito infestations in your yard. Here, we go over the dangers that mosquitoes pose to people living across the U.S and how to keep these pests away from your property. What Attracts Mosquitoes? In the summer, warm weather and high humidity levels make the perfect environment for mosquitoes to thrive. Many people struggle to keep these pests from their yard, resorting to chemical bug sprays and citronella candles. However, the first step to eliminating a mosquito problem is to remove the things that attract them to your property. Standing water is a favorite breeding ground of mosquito populations, and...
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How to Get Rid of Ticks

TickTicks are a pest commonly found in states along the East Coast, and they pose a significant threat to public health. Tick and other vector-borne diseases are on the rise, with cases within the U.S. tripling since 2004. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is by ensuring that your yard is free of ticks and other pests. Here, we go over the dangers of tick-borne diseases, and how to keep ticks from settling in your garden. The Health Risks of Ticks While some tick bites cause nothing more than minor redness and swelling, others may transmit bacteria that can cause serious or even fatal illnesses. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the U.S., with thousands of confirmed cases affecting people each year. If you are bitten by a tick, you should keep an eye on the site for the following few weeks....
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What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs

Bed BugThere might be no insect on earth more feared currently than the bed bug. While they might not be the biggest, the most dangerous or the creepiest bugs out there, for many people the thought of these critters crawling all over then while they are asleep is enough to legitimately give them the heebie-jeebies.  But, aside from the name, what do we really know about bed bugs? Here are some things you should know about these nocturnal pests: Arrive in Many Different Ways One of the main reasons that people are afraid of bed bugs is the fact that it’s very hard to prevent against them. You might spray your house regularly and do other sorts of treatments, but there’s every chance this won’t stop a bed bug infestation. Why? Because bed bugs usually enter a house by hitchhiking. They can hide in clothes, bags or boxes. You can make contact...
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Do Pests Keep Coming Back? Is Your Yard to Blame?

Lawn CareIn our never-ending quest to keep pests away from our home and family, we spend a lot of time pest-proofing our houses. We spend money on chemicals, barriers and other things to keep pests out, and to get rid of the ones that have made it inside. But do you know what we often neglect? The yard surrounding the house. This is a concern because the yard itself is crucial to complete home protection. That’s right. When you think about it, your yard should be the first barrier pests run into when trying to get into your home. If they can’t get to your house, it stands to reason, that they won’t get into your house either So, how we can turn our yards into pest preventers? Here are some tips: Treat Your Yard Often One of the easiest and most effective pest control methods available is to treat your yard...
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How Weather Affects Pest Populations

WildlifeDial Environmental, with service areas throughout New Jersey, knows that the weather in our beautiful state can be tricky. From the torrential rains, freezing cold and warm, mild summers, Garden State weather seems to be always changing.  Most homeowners are aware of the effect this has on their vehicles and buildings, but they might not be aware of how pests, those insects and animals that love to try to set up in our homes, are affected by the weather we experience in New Jersey. Today we’re going to talk about how our various weather patterns can affect the behaviors of some of the most common pests in New Jersey, and how you, as a homeowner, can help protect your property as the seasons change. Spring and Summer It’s no surprise that warmer weather results in high reproduction rates among pests. Depending on the type of pest, their behavior might change. Insects...
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Do I Have to Keep My Home Spotless to Avoid Pests?

PerimeterWhile keeping a home spotless is certainly one of the best ways to avoid pests, Dial Environmental knows it’s simply not possible. A house is never immaculate, and if you have children or pets, it doesn’t matter how frequently you clean or how often, there’s no real way to keep it spotless. The truth is, while a messy home can help attract pets, even the cleanest of houses can experience a pest infestation. Having pests is not a sign that your home is dirty or unkempt, it’s just a sign that your home is attractive to these invaders. When you consider that the American cockroach has been known to survive from eating the pages of books, or that ants are well documented to enter homes in order to drink water droplets left in a sink, or even that many rodents first enter a home seeking not food, but warmth from the...
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Why You Should Winterize Your Landscape, and How to Protect Your Plants.

tree shrub careAt Dial Environmental, we love the crisp fall air and the beautiful colors that the leaves show as summer slowly turns into fall. We also know that as the seasons change and the grass grows a little slower, it’s important to remember that we need to protect our landscaping and prepare it for winter. Winterizing your plants not only protects the roots and new growth from frost, but it can also help keep wildlife and insects from invading your Landscape during the months their limbs are bare. Proper winterizing of flower beds helps to ensure that bulbs don’t freeze, which can result in your flowers not growing the next year. In order to care for your plants and help them weather the cold months, the following services are recommended: Pruning. Winter is the time in which you should have all trimming and pruning done for your trees and bushes. The change...
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Rodents: Searching for Ways to Get Indoors

RodentsRodents getting into your home can cause a range of risks and complications for your property and well-being. If you are like other people facing this threat, you are likely wondering how rodents get inside and how you can stop it. The following guide highlights common access points that rodents use when they are ready to strike. Small Cracks and Holes Small cracks and holes in your home's foundation are an issue you must address when your mission is to keep these invaders outside. Rodents can crawl, climb and scratch their way through almost any opening they find, and you will have an issue on your hands in no time. You can seal the openings around your home with caulk to keep rodents where they belong. The Roof You take several steps to keep rodents out of your home and away from your property, sealing cracks and holes around your home....
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Pests That Invade in the Fall

AntsWhen summer begins to fade away, the warm days will be replaced by cool nights. A range of pests will then know winter is coming and take steps to find shelter and enough food to survive until the hot and sunny days return. Pests that need a place to stay won't be picky, and your home could be the perfect solution. Learn about the types of pests you can expect in the fall and what you can do about the problem if you want to safeguard your home. Rodents Rodents are one of the most common pests people encounter during the cool months of fall, and you don't want them to catch you off guard. One small opening in your home's foundation or on the roof is enough to let rodents get inside and cause trouble. To reduce your odds of a rodent infestation, seal the cracks around your home with...
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Biting and Stinging Pests of Summer

Stinging Insects Biting and stinging pests are out in force this summer. While some of these pest stings are just painful or itchy, others can be more serious, and dangerous to our family and pets. Biting pests see people as “fast food”. Most are very efficient at sucking out our blood, including mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, lice, bed bugs, chiggers, conenose bugs, biting flies, and no-see-ums. In most cases it’s not our loss of blood that causes the most concern – it’s what these pests can transmit directly into our blood stream that is much more dangerous. These include hundreds of organisms that cause everything from Lyme disease, to West Nile and Zika. Plus, the chemicals in the insect saliva causes us itching and swelling that is especially unpleasant. Stinging pests, including bees, all kinds of wasps, and some ants, usually sting because they perceive us as a threat to themselves or their...
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Importance of Aeration and Seeding Services for Your Lawn

Lawn CareWhen fall starts to arrive in New Jersey, you might not think too much about your lawn. Engaging in lawn maintenance activities in the fall is vital for your ability to enjoy a lush, green lawn in the spring and summer months. Grass can become stressed during the summer by the heat and drought. If your lawn is not properly aerated and overseeded in the fall, you may be left with bare spots. Dial Environmental offers aeration and seeding services to help you to enjoy a beautiful lawn year-round. Aeration Core aeration is important because it penetrates the thatch layer of grassroots and helps to break up compacted soil below. This allows more nutrients and water to penetrate into the deeper soil layers and gives more room for the roots to spread. Core aeration also improves your lawn's surface drainage. Aerating in the fall allows new grass seedlings to take root...
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Ants Are Moving In

AntsAs ant experts, we notice interesting things about ants. For instance, they are no respecter of property – they invade homes of all sizes equally, and they infest EVERY neighborhood. They are so common a problem that they are the #1 pest listed in gallop polls. You can be sure that every day, ants are either invading your home, or trying to.  The first ants that crawl into a home are the scouts, looking for food, water, or a nesting place. Once they find what they are looking for, they go back to their colony, laying down a scent trail as they go so other ants can more quickly find their way. Depending on the ant species, they may prefer sweet, or proteins like meat and grease. Many ants eat both, but they often switch their food preferences from day to day. Whenever possible, never provide ants food and water. Clean...
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How to Check for Bed Bugs on Your Vacation

Bed bug on skinMany people go on vacation each year to relax and forget about the worries of daily life, but you could encounter another problem if you are not careful. Since they host many people throughout the year, hotels have a high risk of getting bed bugs. Keeping an eye out for the pests and knowing the warning signs is vital if you don't want to be the next target. Bed bugs that get into your home won't be easy to manage because they can resist most at-home treatment options, so protecting yourself before you get home is the smart move. Bed Bug Detection Learning to spot and identify the pests before they get the chance to infest your belongings will decrease your odds of getting bed bugs. Bring a flashlight with you so that you can check your mattress and under the furniture. Adult bed bugs have flat and round bodies and...
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Signs You Have a Carpenter Ant Problem

Carpenter antIf you are a homeowner and want to get the most from your house for years to come, taking steps to protect your property is essential. You can face a range of threats when you least expect it, but pests are some of the most common, inflicting a lot of damage. Carpenter ants will get into your home and cause harm if they get the chance, and you probably won't spot them in the early stages unless you know the signs for which to look. Learning about carpenter ants is a step in the right direction if you would like to reduce your odds of an infestation, but it's also vital you know when to contact a professional before the issue gets out of control. Red Flags So, what are the red flags that indicate a possible infestation? The first sign is large black ants crawling on the floor or wall;...
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